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Gambling

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

General Information


Gambling in Texas

The term "gambling" as defined by Texas law may cover many activities including bingo, gambling machines, sports betting and poker nights. Before engaging in these activities, please read the information below to ensure that the activity you are participating in is conducted legally. 

Texas and Federal Law

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas and federal law that govern gambling and issues related to gambling. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the "plain English" resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Gambling in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."

Attorney General Opinions on Gambling

Below you will find links to Texas Attorney General opinions issued on gambling. 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.