Each state has the power to legalize sports betting due to the Supreme Court overturning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. This decision was made in May of 2018. Since then New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Mississippi, and New Mexico have all legalized sports betting to some extent. Another 30+ states have introduced some form of legislation to legalize sports betting, including Texas.
Is Sports Betting Legal in Texas?
No, sports betting is currently not legal in Texas. The Lone Star State currently has one bill, and one amendment in Congress focused on sports betting. The bill focuses on legalizing mobile and retail sports betting operations while the amendment focuses on authorization fees and taxes.
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What Would Legal Sports Betting Look Like in Texas?
Bill HB 1275 would legalize sports betting at casinos and racinos (racetracks), as well as mobile online betting. Under this bill, operators would take 6.25% of the total amount wagered for taxes. This could prove troublesome since sports betting margins are typically small as is.
This bill needs a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate to reach the general ballot in November. Republicans, who control a majority of Congress, haven't been keen to gambling bills in the past.
Would the bills legalize online sports betting in Texas?
Yes, Bill 1275 would legalize online sports wagering in Texas. The bill would grant five permits for sports betting, with each permit issuing two licenses for online operations.
Do the bills prohibit any specific bets?
Bill HB 1275 prohibits betting on college sports, which would be a missed revenue opportunity for the state.
Texas Online Gambling FAQ
Sports betting aside, there are other forms of online gambling available to residents of Texas.
Is online poker legal in Texas?
No, online poker is not legal in Texas. There is a possibility it could be added in future legislation.
Are Daily Fantasy Sports legal in Texas?
For those unfamiliar, Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Texas?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Texas. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Texas as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.
Does Texas have an online lottery?
No, the Texas Lottery does not offer online games.