Texas Definition of Gambling
Texas defines a bet as agreeing to win or lose something of value based solely or partially on chance. This encompasses many different forms of gambling including cards, table games, betting on sports games, horse and dog races, slot machines, lottery, and scratch tickets.
Permitted Horse and Dog Racing in Texas
Texas gambling law allows for horse and dog racing, but the purveyor must obtain a racing license from the state before holding the race. Much of the betting at these races is called pari-mutuel wagering, and payouts come from a large pool of all the bets on a race, and are in an inverse proportion to the likelihood of the outcome.
Texas law does not allow for casinos. The gambling law specifically prohibits "keeping a gambling place." However, Native American lands are not subject to the same state gambling laws, and there is at least one legal casino in Texas on native lands.
Social Gambling in Texas
One big exception in Texas gambling laws is social gambling. This normally includes bingo games, auctions for charity, and private card games. If the "house" takes a cut of the proceeds, they may be in violation of the gambling laws. Under the law, the gambling must be done in a private place, the only person to receive any economic benefit must be winner of the bet, and the chances of winning and losing must be even between all participants (except for individual skill and luck).
Speak with a Texas Gaming Attorney
If you would like to know more about Texas gambling laws, Nathan J Mays has a strong grasp on both state and federal cases involving. He will be able to advise you on the best practices for hosting social card games, and charitable auctions in order to avoid prosecution or breaking the law. Learn more today about speaking with Texas gaming attorney Nathan J Mays.