Texas gambling laws are among some of the strictest in America. Mostly, this has to do with tradition, with Texas originally settled largely by people with no cultural ties to gambling.
As Texas became more of a conservative stronghold in the 1970s and 1980s, the state’s gaming policy turned conservative with it. However, some policy changes since then in gambling law in the Lone Star State have been fruitful. Texas is home to one of the most profitable and popular state lotteries, and the opening of two casino-like businesses.
While sports betting is not yet a reality in Texas, participation in online Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) competitions is legal for residents and visitors in Texas.
Update, May - June, 2023: Texas will be without legal gambling at least until 2025, as Lt. Governor rejected a bid for a vote on sports betting and casino gambling bills.
The senate leader killed such hopes after a series of tweets revealing that he would not refer the HJR 102 to the floor of the senate.
Being unable to pass the bill on the floor of the Senate before the close of the legislative session now means that Texas will miss out on any form of legalized gambling until a new legislative session in 2025.
Update, May 2023: Texas sports betting bill advances to the Senate after scaling through with just the required two-thirds vote on the floor of the house.
The bill, HJR 102, scaled through with a 101 to 42 vote, surpassing the 100-vote threshold for two-thirds majority. This means the bill will now advance to the Senate for a vote. However, many believe the bill may be opposed by Republicans who form a majority in the Senate. If passed in the Senate, Texas voters will be able to decide if they want online sports betting.