Sports Betting & Gambling in Texas

Sports Betting & Gambling in Texas

Status: Illegal

Mobile & Online Sports Betting Allowed: Online Sports Betting Available In TX Via Offshore Sportsbooks

Key Notes:

What's the hold up in Texas?:

Texas has repeatedly presented sports betting bills in order to legalize domestic sports betting since the passing of the Supreme Court decision leaving this up to the states.  

The latest was HB1121, which was introduced on Jan 14, 2021.  Lawmakers in Texas are certainly considering the possibility and it appears it is only a matter of time.  

In the meantime, sports bettors can use any number of authorized international sports betting apps to make sports bets.

Here are some of the approved offshore sportsbooks available to Texas residents:

Online Sports Betting Apps & Sites:

Bovada

Sports bettors in Texas can place bets online at Bovada Sportsbook without violating any domestic gambling laws (unlike in California).  It's good to be in the lonestar state.  No state income tax, and the ability to use Bovada legally.  

Bovada operates legally within the industry under the credentials of its parent company, Bodog.  There are no state or federal laws that prohibit Texans from placing bets at Bovada.

Betonline

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MyBookie

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Sportsbetting.ag

SportsBetting.ag is your ‘top spot’ for the best in sports betting excitement. No matter what your favorite game might be you’ll find it on the board along with a huge variety of sports and betting options. SportsBetting.ag offers all of the popular North American sports including NFL football, NCAA college football, NHL hockey, NBA basketball, college basketball, MLB baseball, golf, tennis, boxing and MMA. There’s also plenty of international sports betting options available including Aussie Rules football, soccer, darts, cricket, handball, snooker, and rugby.

There’s plenty of other gambling options including e-sports, casino games, poker and horse racing. Simply put, you’ll find more betting options in more sports at SportsBetting.ag than anywhere else in the world!

GTBets

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Bookmaker

Now you can bet the game play-by-play as the action unfolds. Odds and props are updated in real time on selected televised NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NCAAB basketball, NHL, MLB, UFC fights, Tennis matches and more. Bet on real time spreads, totals and props while watching the game on TV. Bets are graded within seconds and your account credited instantly.

WagerWeb

Established in 1994, WagerWeb is one of the oldest online Sportsbooks. with a perfect track record for paying customers.   WagerWeb Sportsbook, offers the widest range of online sport leagues & gaming competitions to bet on.  Here you can bet on every major sports league including baseball, soccer, CFL football, tennis, golf, boxing and more.  WagerWeb is not limited to sports betting only, we also have a wide range of Casino games for you.  Fund your WagerWeb betting account and get cash bonuses and cashback on all sports bets. So, what are you waiting for? Join WagerWeb now and start betting on your favorite games.

Xbet

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What is the regulatory environment around sports betting and gambling like  in Texas?:

In May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association [PDF] struck down the federal ban on sports gambling, giving the power to the states to decide whether or not they want to legalize it. In an opinion issued in 2016, the Texas Attorney General stated that he believes paid daily sport fantasy leagues are considered illegal gambling under Texas law, while the "traditional " season-long fantasy leagues may be lawful in certain circumstances.

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas and federal law related to sports gambling. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, please see the Recent News resources below for a more "plain English" discussions of these laws.

Texas Law

Federal Law

Recent News

Physical Locations Where you can Make Sports Bets in Texas:

Despite being the second most populated state in the country and having plenty of interested bettors, physical locations to place bets are virtually non-existent throughout the large state.

Bettors that live close to the borders often visit neighboring states to fulfill their gambling needs. Those that are located inland often use internet gambling at offshore sportsbooks or casinos to place wagers and enjoy the opportunity to gamble. Texas residents are forced to look out of state to make the bets they want to make.

Texas has exactly one tribal casino, and that is the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass, Texas. Located near the border to Mexico in the Southwest corner of the state, this casino isn't a viable option for most of the state's residents, but does offer standard casino gaming to those willing to make the trip.

Horse racing and dog racing are both legal in Texas, although open tracks are few and far between. The popularity of live racing in Texas is falling due to the state's inability to attract top horses. This is in part due to the fact that tracks in nearby states offer casino options at their race tracks to help build purses which Texas does not.


So, if you're a sports bettor in Texas, it could be worse.  You have a variety of options online to legally use for sports betting needs.  And new bills continue to circulate moving towards full legalization.  

It's only a matter of time, as the state will realize how much revenue they are missing out on from taxing sports gambling establishments.  

We'll keep you updated here on new developments.  

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