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Disclaimer: The State Law Library cannot tell you what a law means for your situation.
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.
This section of the Texas Constitution requires the Legislature to pass laws prohibiting "lotteries and gift enterprises”, providing exceptions for charitable bingo, state lotteries and charitable raffles.
Created by the Texas Association of Counties, this publication addresses certain exceptions to the general prohibition against gambling including game rooms, eight-liners, bingo and fantasy sports. It also discusses Texas counties' authority to regulate businesses that offer these services.
A 2018 article from the Texas Tribune discussing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow states to legalize sports gambling and its possible effect on Texas 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.