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This legal research guide provides information about gambling laws in Texas.


Eight-Liner Machines in Texas

The use of eight-liner machines in Texas has been a common source of controversy over the last several years. Texas law forbids gambling devices, such as eight-liners, from awarding cash prizes. However, there is a part of the law — commonly referred to as the "fuzzy animal" exception —that allows operators to award non-cash prizes that are worth less than $5

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas law related to eight-liner machines. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, please see the "Understanding the Law" resources for a more "plain English" explanation of these laws.

Texas Law

Since gaming rooms can also be regulated at the local level by Texas counties, be sure to also check your county ordinances for additional laws related to this topic. Some larger Texas counties post their local ordinances online, while others will only have theirs available in print. Contact your local county officials for more information.

Understanding the Law

Attorney General Opinions

Below you will find links to Texas Attorney General opinions issued regarding eight-liners. While attorney general opinions can be highly persuasive and are entitled to great weight, the ultimate determination of a law's applicability, meaning or constitutionality is left to the courts.