In the state of Texas, you can legally play on Texas sweepstakes online casino sites for cash prizes. This means that players in Texas can enjoy casino games, online poker, and sweepstakes sportsbooks. This is an option for folks across the US other than Washington state.
These sweepstakes sites are different from online gambling sites because you don’t deposit money, bet, and then cash out. Instead, you play with “Gold Coins” just for the fun of it or play with “Sweepstakes Coins” that can be redeemed for cash prizes.
What Sweepstakes Products Can I Play In Texas?
Within the state of Texas, your options for sweepstakes are poker, casino games, and sportsbook.
Much like a traditional online poker site, you play against other players in tournaments, sit & go games, and ring games that you can leave anytime.
The main types of poker you can play are Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and Crazy Pineapple (a variation of Hold’em).
You can play Global Poker via desktop or through an app, which is available for both iOS and Android. However, the reviews for the app suggest playing through the web browser on your mobile device may be the better route.
You can play games using Gold Coins, which do not have monetary value whatsoever. Or you can play using Sweeps Coins, which can be redeemed for cash prizes.
While both Chumba and LuckyLand offer slots and scratch games, Chumba also offers three table games: blackjack, American roulette, and Jacks or Better video poker.
You can play games using Gold Coins. You’re given millions to start, and you can purchase more anytime. Gold Coins cannot be redeemed or exchanged.
You can also play with Sweeps Coins. At Chumba, you’re given two to start. At LuckyLand, you’re given ten. Sweeps Coins can be redeemed for cash prizes.
To receive more Sweeps Coins, you can buy Gold Coins, enter a no-cost giveaway through Chumba’s Facebook page, or mail in a request.
Texas’s main social sports site (sweepstakes sportsbook) is FendOff. It lists individual and team sports as well as racing.
Like a traditional sportsbook, FendOff presents certain odds for both pre-game and in-game picks. All pari-mutuel horse and dog racing picks are also available.
You can make your picks using Gold Coins (GS) or Sweeps (SW).
GC can earn you achievements and leaderboard positions. The benefit is that they’re completely free. You earn hundreds every two hours, and you get bragging rights.
The benefit of betting with SW is that you can redeem them for cash prizes when you have at least 5,000.
Picks include moneyline and points spread, futures, Over/Under, player performance, and in-game events such as field goals, corner kicks, and so on.
How Are Sweepstakes Sites Different Than Online Gambling Sites?
Online gambling sites take real-money deposits that are then reflected in your account accordingly.
You can use those funds to place bets on casino games or sporting events. Or, in the case of poker sites, buy tournament entry tickets, risk money at the tables, and pay rake fees.
You can then withdraw whatever winnings you may have accrued.
Online sweepstakes sites offer two site-specific currencies that can’t be exchanged or withdrawn. In the case of Gold Coins, they’re simply played for fun and bragging rights.
But Sweeps Coins can be redeemed for prizes that include cash.
You also do not need to purchase the currencies to play, but you do have the option to purchase Gold Coins. Buy enough Gold Coins, and Sweeps Coins will be included in the purchase.
Online gambling sites are illegal inTexas. While some offshore sites will accept players from within the state, they’re operating in violation of Texas law. Proceed at your own risk.
On the other hand, online sweepstakes sites are legal in Texas. You can purchase Gold Coins and redeem Sweeps Coins for cash, and it’s all completely within the law.
Can You Win Real Money At Sweepstakes Casinos And Poker Sites In Texas?
Technically, no. You can’t play with real money at a sweepstakes casino, so you can’t win any real money. You can only play using Gold Coins or Sweeps Coins, so you can only win one of those two in-site currencies.
However, you can win Sweeps Coins that can be redeemed for cash prizes.
For example, at Chumba, you can receive a cash prize once you’ve earned at least 100 Sweeps Coins. At LuckyLand, it’s only 50 Sweeps Coins.
Another example is the “Prizeout a Gift Card” option at Global Poker. This allows you to receive a prize for fewer than 100 Sweeps Coins. Simply select one of the retailers, which include Amazon, Walmart, AMC Theatres, and a long list of others.
To redeem Sweeps Coins for any prize, you need to verify your account. This usually involves uploading an image of your identification, such as a driver’s license or a passport.
To redeem your Sweeps Coins for cash, you’ll need a way to accept it. The preferred choice for both Chumba and Global Poker is Skrill, which is an e-wallet similar to PayPal.
They can also accommodate other methods, but setting up a Skrill account is fast and easy. It will also likely get you the prize sooner than an alternative option.
What Kinds Of Bonuses Do Sweepstakes Casinos And Poker Sites Offer To Players In Texas?
Bonuses at sweepstakes casinos and poker sites begin with the signup bonus. Just for creating an account, you’ll receive millions of gold coins and some Sweeps Coins. However, you won’t receive enough Sweeps Coins to redeem for a prize.
You can also receive bonuses by logging in. At LuckyLand, you receive 0.7 Sweeps Coins for logging in after signing up. The bonus Sweeps Coins increase every consecutive day that you login.
Players also receive bonus coins for verifying their email and phone number.
Sweeps Coins are included in the purchase of Gold Coins as a bonus. Chumba invites new members to receive discounts on Gold Coin packages that include Sweeps Coins.
To receive no-purchase Sweeps Coins, mail in a request to the operator, enter social media promotions, or hope for an email offer.
At the FendOff sweepstakes sportsbook, they’ll match your first purchase of Gold Coins by 100%, essentially doubling the amount of both Gold Coins and Sweeps Coins.
What Kinds Of Games Are Available At Texas Sweepstakes Poker Sites
Types Of Poker Variations At Global Poker
Global Poker offers Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and Crazy Pineapple.
Tournaments, Sit & Go, And Ring Games
(Stakes for each game are presented in Sweeps Coins.)
To compete in a tournament at Global Poker, you’ll need to pay the entry fee, which can be either Gold Coins or Sweeps. They also have regular freeroll tournaments that don’t require a buy-in. You can also compete against other players for rotating jackpots and prize pool tournaments.
Buy-In Range: SC 0.11 – SC 33
Sit & Go
Sit & Go at Global Poker means you sit at a table and play until you’re eliminated or all other players are eliminated. This differs from a tournament because you don’t advance to a new table automatically if you win. Instead, the game just ends and you can join a new one.
Buy-In Range: SC 0.5+SC 0.05 – SC 200+SC 18
Ring games at Global Poker mean you can sit down and play for as long as you want and leave the table whenever you want.
Small Blind/Big Blind: SC 0.02/SC 0.04 – SC 10/SC 20
Playing For Gold Coin Vs. Sweeps
The stakes for all the types of poker games are organized by Gold Coins or Sweeps. Playing for Gold Coins means getting practice. Playing for Sweeps means players score cash prizes.
Only players located in the United States and Canada can redeem Sweeps Coins at Global Poker. So the player pools for Sweeps games are limited to those two jurisdictions.
Still, that’s a massive potential playing pool. And taking the State of Washington and Quebec out of the equation is negligible.
This makes Global Poker’s active monthly users on par or better than all legal US online poker sites, which are limited to only a few states anyway. Texas is not one of them.
What Kinds Of Slots Can I Play At Sweepstakes Casinos?
Sweepstakes casinos feature a range of slots. Both Chumba and LuckyLand offer a nice variety. But Chumba’s slots catalog boasts almost 70 options versus LuckyLand with just around 40.
Despite being categorized as social gaming, the variety of slots are comparable to a regular online casino. You can find classic three-reel options, five-reel all-ways-pays slots, and everything between.
Where both Texas sweepstakes casinos fall short is the navigation. There’s no way to see what the slot is like unless you click on it. There’s no search bar. At LuckyLand, you have to side scroll through three options at a time. At Chumba, it’s a large grid of games.
Based on that, here are some tips on choosing a sweepstakes slot in Texas:
- Choose based on themes, such as fantasy, Vegas, animals, and action and adventure.
- Play with Gold Coins to try out games until you find one you like.
- Stick to the progressive jackpots for the biggest potential payout.
- Search for top slots lists from the Chumba community.
Progressive Sweepstakes Slots
If you’re in Chumba via Gold Coin (GC) play, the listed progressive jackpots will be in GC. At the time of writing this article, the largest progressive was over 36 billion GC on the slot Long Zhi Bao Zang.
If you’re viewing the progressives in Sweeps Coins (SC) mode, you can see million-dollar jackpots. On April 4, 2019, Chumba member Donnalyn K. won enough SC on a progressive jackpot to become a millionaire.
Other Games At LuckyLand And Chumba
- Scratch games (LuckyLand)
- Blackjack (Chumba)
- American roulette (Chumba)
- Jacks or Better video poker (Chumba)
FendOff Social Sports Casino Games In Texas
FendOff added a couple of casino games on top of their sports and racebooks. These include:
- Casino Stud Poker
- Casino Texas Hold’em
How Do Purchases Work At Sweepstakes Casinos And Poker Rooms?
Purchases at Texas online sweepstakes are more straightforward than they initially appear.
You can’t outright purchase Sweeps Coins (SC). Instead, you have to buy Gold Coins (GC). The SC are part of the purchase if you buy a certain amount.
When a site says that a purchase of GC “may” result in receiving SC, they simply mean that it depends on if you buy the minimum.
The best example of how this works is Chumba. When you buy at least GC 1,000,000 for $5 USD, you receive SC 5.05.
You can buy up to GC 120,000,000, which comes with SC 315.
Every game is available for both GC and SC play. This includes the progressive jackpot slots and all table games.
For as little as $1 USD, you can buy GC 500,000, which does not include any SC.
You also have to purchase based on preset amounts. That means you can’t purchase $15 worth of GC, you have to choose from the different packages.
The maximum purchase is $300 USD. There is no maximum redemption.
What Do I Have To Do Before I Can Redeem My Sweeps Coins?
If you receive SC 315 after purchasing GC 120,000,000 for $300, you can’t simply redeem your SC for a cash prize. Instead, all sweepstakes sites categorize SC versus Cleared SC.
To have Cleared SC, you simply need to play the games with your SC. For example, if you use SC 1.00 to play a slot and win your SC back, you’d have SC 1.00 cleared.
We reached out to Chumba customer support to be sure, so we can say with confidence that this SC to Cleared SC policy applies to both the slots and table games in Texas.
Texas Online Sweepstakes FAQ
What is the age requirement at Texas sweepstakes sites?
18 years old. You have to be a legal adult to play at the sweepstakes casinos, FendOff Sports, and Global Poker.
If you’re under the age of 21, you’re not even permitted onto the casino floor at Texas’s tribal casino. States with legal online gambling also require that players are 21 and up. So those between 18 and 20 have the sweepstakes sites as their only legal casino game option.
Is winning real money possible at sweepstakes casinos in Texas?
You can win cash prizes at sweepstakes sites by redeeming cleared Sweeps Coins.
Uncleared Sweeps Coins are included in some purchases of Gold Coins. Sweeps Coins are cleared for redemption once they’re used to play at a casino game.
At Chumba, the minimum number of Sweeps Coins you need before redeeming is 100. At LuckyLand, the minimum is 50.
Players can also redeem Sweeps Coins for gift cards to popular retailers, but the minimum is the same.
Are Texas sweepstakes online poker sites high-traffic?
Global Poker is generally busy at all times. However, if you like to play the more obscure games—like Sit & Go Omaha for example—you’ll want to join in during peak times.
The peak time to play at online poker sites is generally between 6:00 PM and 12:00 AM. But keep timezones in mind. Because the vast majority of Texas is in Central Time, peak hours are between 5:00 PM and 2:00 AM to account for the east and west coasts.
Do I make deposits at Texas sweepstakes sites?
No. You can’t make a deposit at a sweepstakes site in Texas. That’s against Texas law.
Instead, purchase Gold Coins, which can only be used to play on the sweepstakes site. You can also receive Sweeps Coins by purchasing Gold Coins, mailing the sweepstakes company, or participating in a relevant social media promotion.
Once I have enough Sweeps Coins to redeem, how do I get the money?
The easiest way to receive cash is by opening a Skrill account, which is an ewallet that’s common in the online casino world.
You will likely need to verify your identity by providing identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. You also might need to prove your residence by providing a utility bill or bank statement.
These steps are to stay in compliance with Texas laws – as well as ensure the winnings are going to the person who earned them.