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Between the size of the state and the amount of sports influence present, Texas could possess one of the biggest sports betting scenes in the country. Unfortunately, sports betting will remain illegal in the state until at least 2025, as the Lone Star State remains unable to get a bill over the finish line.

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Is online sports betting legal in Texas?No
Is in-person sports betting legal?No
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?No
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?Yes
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?No

There are two main options Texas residents have when it comes to gambling or sports-related contests. The first of which is daily fantasy sports apps, which are available to download and use in the state. While they are unregulated, these apps are the closest residents of Texas will get to “having action” on a specific player or game. Some available operators include Prize Picks and Underdog Fantasy.

Outside of DFS apps, the only other gambling-related activity residents can take part in is betting on horse racing. There are a few racetracks throughout the state, some of which offer a simulcast, which in turn allows residents to bet on horse racing year-round.

Online sports betting in The Lone Star State

There are a little over 29 million people who live in Texas, and none of them have the option to download a licensed sports betting app. Despite being one of the biggest states in the country in terms of population, the Lone Star State has been unable to pass a sports betting bill.

This is not to say lawmakers haven’t tried. In fact, since the overturning of PASPA in 2018, there have been close to ten sports betting bills that have been proposed during the state's legislative sessions. One of the toughest aspects when it comes to getting a bill of this magnitude passed in Texas is that they only have legislative sessions every other year, which means bills have only been able to be proposed in 2019, 2021, and most recently in 2023.

In 2023, one bill and resolution surrounding sports betting were proposed during the state’s legislative session. Many professional sports teams in the state supported HB 1942, as multiple teams have already partnered with brand-name sportsbook operators as sponsors. Outside of that bill, lawmakers also introduced HJR 102, which would have put the sports betting issue on the ballot for voters in November 2023.

This bill and resolution were greatly supported by the House, but like usual, these proposals ran into problems with the Senate. No matter how much support these bills have, as long as conservative lawmakers in the state oppose sports betting, it will continue to be an uphill battle.

Residents of Texas will have to wait until 2025 for the matter to be discussed again. With deals already being made between pro teams and operators without any legislation in place, it’s safe to assume that whenever sports betting is legalized in The Lone Star State, online operators will rush to obtain a license.

Sports betting & gambling legislation in TX

As much as it would be nice to tell Texas residents to remain optimistic, it is difficult to do so with such strong opposition against sports betting and a few other gambling markets. Two of the biggest driving forces in keeping sports betting out of the Lone Star State are Rep. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick, who were both reelected into their positions in 2022.

In 2023, Lt. Gov. Patrick stopped HJR 102 from reaching a vote in the Senate, using his power as the Senate president to do so. Patrick also did not allow HB 1942 to reach the Senate floor. As long as Rep. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick, or at least like-minded individuals, hold power in the Senate, it will not only be difficult for sports betting to see the light of day but other gambling markets as well, like iGaming or online poker.

Are online casinos legal in Texas?No
Are retail casinos legal?No
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in Texas?TBD
How many legal sports betting apps are there in TX?0
How many legal retail betting sites are there in TX?0
Is remote registration allowed?No
Legal age for sports betting in Texas?- (Gambling: 21+)
Texas' tax rate for betting/gambling winnings24% (on certain kinds of gambling winnings)
Who regulates sports betting in Texas?-

Most recent updates from the TX sports betting & gambling scene

  • June 20, 2024: After beating Florida in the bracket finals, the Texas A&M Aggies have advanced to the championship round of the 2024 College World Series. They are now (+170) to win the title on DraftKings.

  • June 18, 2024: Following a blowout loss in game five, the Dallas Mavericks have lost the 2024 NBA Finals. They are now (+1000) to win the championship in 2025.

  • June 10, 2024: Texas A&M's baseball team has defeated the Oregon Ducks in the super-regional and will now head to Omaha for the College World Series, where they are (+300) to win it all.

  • June 5, 2024: The Texas Longhorns softball team has advanced to the 2024 NCAA Softball Championship game. They are now (+115) to win the title on DK.

  • June 3, 2024: Texas A&M has won their regional and will now host the Oregon Ducks in the super-regionals. The Aggies are now (+370) to win the College World Series.

  • June 3, 2024: The Dallas Stars have been eliminated from the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

  • May 29, 2024: After winning their super-regional, the Texas Longhorns have advanced to the 2024 Women's Softball College World Series. They are now (+300) to win the title.

  • May 27, 2024: Texas A&M's baseball team has earned the 3rd national seed in the 2024 College World Series. They are the current betting favorites to win the title at (+500).

In-person sports betting sites and locations

Not only is sports betting illegal in Texas, but so is commercial casino gambling. This makes the lone gambling options tribal casinos, and currently, there are two tribal facilities in the state. The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe operates the lone full-scale casino in the state, but the location is about as far south in the state as one can go without crossing the border over to Mexico.

The only other gambling facility in the state is an electronic bingo parlor. This facility is run by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe. More tribal communities have been pushing for an opportunity to run their own legal gambling facility, but that issue remains a battle with the state’s government.

Sports betting in neighboring states

Of the four surrounding states that Texas has, Oklahoma is the only one that does not have an active sports betting bill. Both Louisiana and Arkansas feature strong sports betting markets, and while New Mexico only has sports betting in tribal casinos, it is still more than what Texas has to offer.

We have full breakdowns of all of these states and what they do and don’t have to offer, and those can easily be accessed by clicking on their name in the box down below.

StateOnline sports bettingRetail sports bettingDFSHorse Race betting
OklahomaIllegalLegal (restricted)LegalLegal
ArkansasLegalLegalLegalLegal
LouisianaLegalLegalLegalLegal
New MexicoIllegalLegal (restricted)LegalLegal

What’s next for TX betting apps?

A decision to legalize sports betting in Texas certainly won’t magically happen, and there is no chance of it happening in 2024 due to how the state’s legislative process works. However, the slight positive is that it gives lawmakers more time to solidify a sports betting bill proposal and garner more big supporters to back the bill.

The closest Texas ever got to getting a bill passed was in 2023, which should lend some optimism for when 2025 rolls around.

Potential sports betting revenue impact on Texas’ economy

No revenue-based statistics for sports betting are available for the Lone Star State. It shouldn’t be a surprise, but the longer Texas has to wait to get a sports betting bill passed, the more potential revenue it is losing. According to a study by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, Texas is losing out on nearly $300 million in tax revenue annually, assuming the tax rate would be 10%.

Additionally, another study showed that residents of Texas gamble an average of $5 billion a year in either Las Vegas or surrounding states with legalized sports betting. Numbers like this alone stand as key arguments for sports betting supporters in the state. Texas is clearly losing significant amounts of money to neighboring states with sports betting legislation.

Texas is truly sitting on a gold mine, and they refuse to explore it. Based on population alone, Texas would be the largest state with legalized sports betting if it decided to legalize it. Currently, New York is the biggest state in the country with a full sports betting scene, and since legalizing sports betting, they have made over $41 billion in handle and $3.6 billion in revenue.

Texas - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

What is the legal status of sports betting in Texas?

Sports betting remains illegal in the state of Texas, and that will remain the case until 2025 at the earliest. However, wagering on horse and greyhound races is legal in the state, and so are DFS apps with all their contests.

How much tax revenue could TX generate by legalizing sports betting?

Based on studies done surrounding this matter, the Lone Star State could potentially make $300 million a year in tax revenue through sports betting, which would make them one of the highest-earning states in the country.

What is the number one sports franchise in Texas?

The Lone Star State is home to two of the best MLB teams and some exciting NBA franchises, but the Dallas Cowboys will always reign supreme among fans.

When was the last time a team from the Lone Star State won the Super Bowl?

Texas is home to two NFL franchises, but the last time a team from the state won a Super Bowl was in 1996 when the Dallas Cowboys raised the Lombardi Trophy.