CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Illegal 8-liner gaming machines are back up and running in Nueces County, according to the Nueces County Sheriff's Department.
Sources said there are at least three near the Robstown area.
Kiii News Anchor Rudy Trevino spoke with the sheriff Thursday about the seemingly endless cat and mouse game with 8-liners -- a good way to describe the scenario since as soon as one is shut down, another seems to open.
The sheriff said there is a simple explanation.
"As profitable as it is, it's worth the risk they're willing to take," Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin said.
The most recent revelation of the new illegal game rooms came from several 3News viewers expressing concern, some giving addresses and others reporting a large number of cars at all hours of the night.
Kaelin confirmed Thursday that there are several new game rooms operating clandestinely open only to those who know someone on the inside -- secretive businesses that are still doing what they do, beating the odds while taking people's money.
Investigators are looking into the illegal gaming operations. In the meantime, the sheriff warns if there are patrons inside the establishments, they too could face misdemeanor charges.