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Gambling

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

Poker Clubs


Texas 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.

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.

News on Poker Clubs

Private poker clubs have been popping up recently all over Texas and their legality is currently under debate. Owners of these clubs claim they are operating in accordance with Texas' gambling laws, by only charging membership fees and dues, rather than taking a percentage of the pot. Critics claims they are merely exploiting a loophole in the law. See the resources below for more information on this topic.

State Agency Statements on Poker Tournaments