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‘This is a Red State’ – Blind Partisanship Extinguishes Hopes for Texas Sports Betting

May 15, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

The Texas sports betting legislation that passed in the House of Representatives last week won’t get heard in the Senate, says Lieutenant-Governor Dan Patrick. It’s the latest gambling expansion effort to fall victim to partisan politics. Patrick said the two-part legislative package – consisting of a bill and a joint resolution for a constitutional amendment – won’t […]

Texas Sports Betting Heads to Senate, Then Perhaps to Voters

May 12, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

A Texas sports betting bill that calls for a Nov. 7 ballot measure to amend the Texas Constitution received House approval on May 11. HJR102 moves to the Senate next. However, if that chamber also approves the bill, it bypasses the governor due to the need for a vote in the state with 31 million residents. […]

Bill Aims to Include Texas Tribes Under Indian Gaming Regulatory Act

May 12, 2023 | By: Robyn McNeil

Texas tribes may soon benefit from inclusion under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). US Rep. Morgan Luttrell introduced a bill to ensure all federally recognized tribes eligible for gaming activities are regulated under the IGRA. Luttrell, R-Texas, introduced HR2873, or the Tribal Gaming Regulatory Compliance Act (TGRCA), in the House in late April. He […]

Nate Silver Sued Over Live-Streamed Poker at The Lodge

April 7, 2023 | By: Robyn McNeil

FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver faces a Texas lawsuit filed by an Illinois attorney over playing poker in private Texas cardrooms. Silver played professional online poker for years before gaining recognition for his political predictions and sports commentary. More recently, he appeared on live stream playing at poker pro Doug Polk’s Texas card room, The Lodge. Silver lives in […]

Republican Support for Texas Gambling Expansion Could Be a Game-Changer

February 7, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

It’s starting to look like 2023 could be the year that Texas passes an online sports betting bill. The latest effort by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst seems like the state’s best shot to date. It may also bode well for the long-term potential to see other forms of online gambling in the state. Even if the legislation […]

University of Houston Finds Majority of Texans Support Expanded Gambling

January 30, 2023 | By: Chav Vasilev

A new survey by the University of Houston found that Texans support changes in the state’s gambling laws. The survey came from the university’s Hobby School of Public Affairs. It found that 75% of residents support a recent bill to expand gambling in the state. Only 13% say they strongly oppose the measure. Additionally, 69% […]

New Lottery Courier Service Makes US Debut in Texas

January 9, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

As of Jan 9, Texas residents have a new option for buying draw lottery tickets online. The international operator has made its US debut in the Longhorn State. is owned by the Malta-based gambling company Lottomatrix. In other markets, the site includes a casino and online “scratchcards.” However, in the US, it will be sticking to lottery […]

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