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Texas Sports Betting Legalization News

Bringing sports betting to Texas has been a Texas-sized headache for lawmakers who feel the state is ready and could use the tax revenue and jobs it brings.

Editor Note: State legislators have passed a law that moves legal sports betting closer in Texas.

Editor Note: Some rumors in early 2021 indicate Texas online football betting may become a reality sooner than later.

A Democrat-sponsored proposal in 2019 to amend the state constitution to allow Texas sports betting legalization efforts to proceed is probably doomed by the Republican-controlled legislature. The body has strongly opposed expansion of legal gambling and there is no indication of any change of opinion.

It would need a referendum vote in November 2020. Still, as the second-biggest potential sports betting market in America and as a true hotbed of all sports (and therefore sports betting interest), Texas lawmakers will pursue this strongly.

Other than the pitch to change the law to at least consider sports betting, no action was on the books as of March 2020.

Is sports betting legal in Texas?

No, and it will require surmounting many hurdles – legal, political, biblical – to gain any traction. Still, the proposed system would allow for mobile betting and five permits (which could have two operators/brands each).

Texas justice officials swiftly kicked out daily fantasy operators Draft Kings and FanDuel several years ago. So making the jump from no DFS to full-blown sports betting is a big one.

Where can I bet at Texas sportsbooks?

The proposal calls for five licenses/permits (as above) but how that would play out and who would be able to apply, was not clear. Currently, gambling is limited in Texas, with the state’s three recognized native tribes each managing one casino.

The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas runs the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass. The Tigua Tribe of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo owns the Speaking Rock Entertainment Center in El Paso. Elsewhere, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe has Naskila Gaming in Livingston.

What about mobile sports betting apps in Texas?

Mobile sports betting apps and online sportsbook brands are envisioned in the proposal.

What is the legal sports betting age in Texas?

The legal betting age in Texas is 21 for lotteries and 21 for horse racing and casino action.

Who is allowed to offer Texas sports betting?

It’s unclear whether existing casino groups would get to bid on licenses or if new groups such as Vegas-style casino brands would get first dibs. Stay tuned.

Who regulates or licenses Texas sports betting?

Currently, the Texas State Gaming Commission handles oversight of a small gambling industry.

The latest bill as of March 2020 is called Texas HJR 61 and calls for a constitutional amendment to permit sports betting in Texas. It reads “The legislature by law may authorize and regulate the placing of wagers on professional and collegiate sports.”

What sports will be favorites of Texas sports bettors?

Texas is a huge market for any service and its appetite for sports makes it a potential hotbed for sports betting profits for the state. Professional teams and marquee college programs dot almost every part of the state.

In the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys have been known as ‘America’s Team’ and an NFL betting staple across the country, not just in Dallas. The Houston Texans are also popular with fans and bettors alike.

Texas boasts three NBA teams in the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets. The WNBA’s Dallas Wings have been in the league since 2016.

The NHL has the Dallas Stars and FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo represent the state in MLS. In baseball, the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros are perennial World Series contenders.

In college football, Texas dominates the landscape in the Big 12 Conference. Four powerhouse schools are led by Texas Longhorns and Baylor Bears. The TCU Horned Frogs and Texas Tech Red Raiders round out the Texas contingent.

Texas A&M Aggies play in the neighboring SEC.

Four schools also represent Conference USA, led by North Texas Mean Green, UTREP Miners, Rice Owls and UTSA Roadrunners. Check out the full list of college football and basketball programs in Division 1.

Team Conference
Abilene Christian Wildcats Southland
Baylor Bears Big 12
Houston Cougars American
Houston Baptist Huskies Southland
Incarnate Word Cardinals Southland
Lamar Cardinals Southland
North Texas Mean Green C-USA
Prairie View A&M Panthers SWAC
Rice Owls C-USA
Sam Houston State Bearkats Southland
SMU Mustangs American
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Southland
TCU Horned Frogs Big 12
Texas Longhorns Big 12
Texas A&M Aggies SEC
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Islanders Southland
Texas Southern Tigers SWAC
Texas State Bobcats Sun Belt
Texas Tech Red Raiders Big 12
UT Arlington Mavericks Sun Belt
UTRGV Vaqueros WAC
UTSA Roadrunners C-USA