I thought the Supreme Court made sports betting legal. So why can’t I bet on sports in Texas yet?
The Supreme Court did not exactly make sports betting legal, actually. The decision to throw out PASPA merely opened the door for states to decide their own fate with sports betting.
Unfortunately, Texas does not seem likely to legalize sports betting any time soon, even with two active bills in the state House. However, if you’re looking for some hope, the bills do allow for online sports betting.
When will Texas legalize sports betting?
There have been bills recently proposed that would authorize sports betting in Texas. However, like previous gambling expansion bills, they are likely to die in committee before they ever see the light of day.
So, it is quite unlikely that Texas will legalize sports betting anytime soon.
Should I just bet with one of these online sportsbooks I see all of the time?
You can try to do it, but it’s a very risky proposition. These books operate outside the law, and are not regulated or checked out in any way.
So, your experience may or may not go smoothly. If things go south, you may find yourself unable to pursue any sort of justice or restitution.
Can I play fantasy sports for real money in Texas?
For now, yes. DraftKings, FanDuel, and a few other operators do offer their services in the state. However, both companies have gone round and round with the state attorney general a few times, and there’s no telling when he might come back for another swing.