Texas is one of the strictest states when it comes to gambling. Texas Penal Code §47.02 states someone commits an offense if they:
There are some exceptions to the law. Exceptions include the state lottery and certain types of animal racing. The law also provides for some affirmative defenses to prosecution:.
The first page of this guide will provide you with an overview of the Texas laws on gambling. The subsequent pages will discuss more specific topics like bingo, eight-liners and poker.
Below you will find references to areas of Texas and federal law related to gambling. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, please see the Understanding the Law resources below for a "plain English" explanation of these laws.
Below you will find links to Texas Attorney General opinions issued on gambling. While attorney general opinions can be persuasive, they are not binding. Interpretation of state law is left to the courts.