Texas introduced a sports betting measure for consideration for the first time in 2019. Another one was being considered for 2021. Because the Texas Legislature meets every two years, the earliest a measure can be passed and signed is in 2023.
Is it legal to bet on sports in Texas?
No, sports betting is not permitted in Texas and will not be until at least 2023. Despite strong support from Texas sports heavyweights such as the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, and Texas Rangers, there is little that can be done to speed up the process until 2023. The efforts in 2019 and 2021 were insufficient, but momentum appears to be building with each passing year.
Is Sports Betting on DraftKings Legal in Texas?
No, sports betting through DraftKings in Texas right now. However, if you are in Texas you can play DraftKings DFS (daily fantasy sports) and potentially win money.
New DraftKings players are eligible for a $1,000 deposit bonus.
Why is sports betting prohibited in Texas?
Simply put, sports betting is illegal in Texas since no legislation to legalize it has been passed. Legal sports betting is supported by the majority of Texans, but politicians in Austin have yet to pass legislation. Many Texas sports teams have recently partnered with bookmakers, indicating that sports betting may ultimately come to Texas in 2023.
When Will Sports Betting in Texas Begin?
There is no deadline because nothing has been or will be passed until at least 2023. If something is authorized in the 2023 legislative session, the most likely launch dates are late 2023 or early 2024, assuming things proceed rapidly.