Mexico: State expects as many as 30 casinos to open in Tamaulipas next year Mexico News Daily · December 6, 2018 at 9:20 pm As many as 30 casinos are expected to open in Tamaulipas next year after legislation was approved last month making them legal once again. The state Congress reversed a decision made a year and a half ago to ban casinos on the grounds that they were linked to organized crime and contributed to insecurity. Economic Development Secretary Carlos García González said the government must now publish a decree that officially repeals the casino prohibition and then apply for relevant licenses from federal authorities. “At the beginning of next year . . . there could be 20 or 30 establishments,” he said.