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Gambling

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

Sports Gambling


Sports Gambling 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

Attorney General Opinions

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