Where You Can Play Online Poker In Texas
Can You Play Online Poker in Texas?
There is currently no legislation permitting online poker in the state.
Current Texas Gambling Laws
People in Texas have just a few options for gambling, as it's severely restricted. Since 1992, Texas has had a lottery which offers scratch-off games and drawing games. This includes the Mega Millions and Powerball games that are being offered in multiple states.
Bingo can be offered by non-profit organizations and community groups, but they are limited to three sessions a week and no prize bigger than $750. Horse and greyhound racing is allowed at eight different tracks, but you can only wager onsite; off-track betting is illegal in Texas.
Although the most popular poker game of the modern era — Texas hold'em — is named after this state, poker has lived in a bit of a legal gray area in the Lone Star state. A handful of card rooms have opened their doors in recent years, operating as social gaming clubs that collect membership dues rather than rake. Two such rooms in Houston however recently fell under legal fire, being raided by government officials in early May 2019.
In a written statement, District Attorney Kim Ogg stated: "Poker rooms are illegal in Texas. We are changing the paradigm regarding illegal gambling by moving up the criminal chain and pursuing felony money laundering and engaging in organized crime charges against owners and operators."
Among the charges launched against club operators by government officials were money laundering, gambling promotion, and engaging in organized criminal activity. However, those charges were dismissed in July 2019.
Even so, such raids and the evident anti-poker and anti-gambling attitudes among many Texas government officials do not bode well for the future of regulated gambling live or online. At the moment, Texas residents can only play poker legally for fun on social casino sites when it comes to iGaming.
Best Online Poker Sites for Texas Players
None at present. But you can always play poker for free with the WSOP Social App.