Legal Texas Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos
Although many forms of gambling are permitted in the state of Texas, a plethora of restrictions apply to most areas, too. Traditionally, Texas has always been a gambling state, with betting embedded within the culture here.
Perhaps one of the most profitable forms of gambling in Texas is its state lottery, which has grown in popularity since its formation in 1992. Horse and dog racing betting is permitted, but poker and social gambling are only loosely available, with restrictions applicable.
Texas allowed the establishment of two Class-II casinos in the state, which must obey the state's gambling regulations at all times. The Aransas Queen and Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino have many Class II slot games, bingo, sports betting and poker rooms that host regular events.
Texas Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future
At the time of writing, the Texan penal code does not make any mention of the iGaming industry, but some of its existing legislation may be applicable to online wagers.
Since illegal betting is described as entering "into an understanding in order to win or lose something of value in any activity involving chance", prosecutors would be within their rights to place online gambling under this umbrella, too.
Texas Gambling Laws - A Brief History
- 1933 - State agrees to legalize pari-mutuel wagering.
- 1971 - Charitable gambling legislation passed for the first time.
- 1989 - Texan voters pass constitutional amendments allowing charitable gambling statewide.
- 1992 - State-operated Texas Lottery established.
What Types of Gambling are Legal in Texas?
- Casino Gambling – There is only one casino in Texas and it has slots, video poker, electronic games and live poker.
- Sports Betting – The only current sports betting that is legal in Texas is horse racing and the tracks do well there as there is little competition from casinos. You can follow any Texas sports betting news here.
- Online Betting – The only online betting currently in Texas is on horse racing and most of the large horse betting sites accept players in Texas. We will be following any news regarding online gambling in Texas here.
- Daily Fantasy – Daily Fantasy is illegal in Texas but some sites continue to operate there. It is clear the battle of DFS sites in Texas is far from over.
- Poker – Poker is legal in Texas but as stated earlier, there is just one casino.
- Bingo – Bingo is legal in Texas for charities and is popular as there aren’t many options when it comes to gambling.
- Lottery – Texas has a lottery with many in-state drawing as well as scratch off tickets and interstate lottery tickets.