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

Sports Gambling

Sports Gambling in Texas

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports gambling. This court ruling allowed the states to decide whether they want to legalize it.

In 2016, the Texas Attorney General issued an opinion on sports fantasy leagues. It suggests that paid daily fantasy sports leagues would be found to be illegal under Texas law. It also suggests that the "traditional " fantasy leagues may be lawful in certain circumstances.

Bills were introduced in 2023 to try and make online sports betting legal in Texas but they ultimately failed to become law.

See the resources below for more information.

Texas Law

Federal Law

Understanding the Law

Attorney General Opinions

Below you will find links to Texas Attorney General opinions issued on sports gambling. While attorney general opinions can be persuasive, they are not binding. Interpretation of state law is left to the courts.