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Online Gambling in Texas

Today, politicians continue to make laws for the country and yet often we see they don't adhere to the same restrictions or statutes. It is the old saying, "Do as I say, not as I do." When it comes to gambling, particularly online gambling in online casinos where one can win real money; some states allow gambling and others do not. What doesn't make sense is that with the emergence of digital technology, gamblers can gamble at anytime and anywhere even if their politicians try to prohibit players from doing so. Texas is one of those states that have not legalized gambling... sort of. Read further to find out what Safe Online Gaming means by these confusing laws when it comes to gambling.

Currently gambling is illegal in Texas, but will that change in the future?
When will Texas Legalize Gambling?

In the late 1980's and early 1990's, Texas allowed the Texas State Lotto to be sold to anyone over the age of 18 in hopes to win a 4 million dollar jackpot. (Those of you under the age of 50 have seen this expanded to Mega Millions and other games where the winnings are substantially higher. This is a form of gambling, and was overwhelmingly passed by voters. The politicians justified it by saying the proceeds would help our public schools.

In Houston, Texas; gamblers could go to the Greyhound Dog Track and bet on a pooch to run around a track chasing a imitation of a small rodent and bet to see which K-9 would be victorious. Humanitarians really started to get involved when a news story exposed the fate of dogs that were injured or did not win. The adoption rate for these loveable four legged dogs went up, and so did the attendance at the track. Grand Prairie, Texas was no different. They brought in a state-of-the-art horse track and countless number of families (yes bringing their kids) came to be entertain by a Horse and miniature person with a squeaky voice (I'm kidding about the voice, but I do want to sing a song from the Wizard of Oz when I visualize the jockeys) vying for a Win, Place or Show!

Texas has its share of dark tented gas stations with slot machines lined across the wall. Gamblers play sweepstakes slots, and ultimately somehow are able to earn cash through a series of transactions. Money continues to change hands through all types of bets in a variety of different locations and events.

The Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, and Houston Texans, all professional sport teams (some Dallas Cowboys fans would scuff at that description of their team with the shortcomings they have had over the last 30 years) advertise online sports betting, and a few have even given the naming rights to Casinos. The hypocrisy of the promotion of gambling, but not allowing full gambling rights in Texas is enough to make you do a face palm!

Currently, if gamblers want to play at an onsite casino; they have to cross the border and go to Oklahoma or Louisiana to play table games and others for a chance at some real money. Of course, Southwest Airlines still advertises the low airfares to take a quick trip to Las Vegas.

Currently, gambling in Texas which consist of betting on sports games, playing poker for money or gambling on casino games is still considered illegal. Yet with the emergence of online casinos; people in Texas are able to play their favorite slots, table games or sweepstakes from the comfort of their own home. Safe Online Gaming is not promoting illegal gambling as it is our desire to provide information to keep you safe and secure if you choose to gamble.

As time continues, it is looking more likely that Texas will ultimately approve gambling in Texas, but until then gamblers will have to find alternatives other than going to a grand casino in one of the major cities of Dallas, Ft. Worth or Houston. For those who desire to play in an online casino, there are thousands of sites to play, but it is important to do your research when choosing an online gaming site. Sites like or and even have all of the thrills of being at a casino in a safe secure environment.  Players can have hours of fun and a chance to win real money.  Each of these casinos have an operator standing by offering gamblers assistance 24 hours 7 days a week. 


For those operators who need a safe online site who need to purchase credits; visit sites like or

In addition to having a great opportunity to win, you don't have to pay for that high priced drink or shell out hundreds of dollars to take a flight. As always, be responsible, and set your limits.


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