April 03, 2007
Texas Hold 'Em May Become Legal in Texas
Posted by Christine Hurt

In Austin today, a public hearing is being held on this bill, which would allow poker games to be organized by licensed persons in the state of Texas.  Apparently, California and Montana have already legalized poker outside of casinos.  Should the bill pass, Texas would be an interesting gambling state.  Although Texas has had a lottery since the early 90s, Texas has no commercial casinos and only one tribal casino (in Eagle Pass, which is fairly "out of the way" for most folks).  For Texas then to allow legalized poker would be a bold move and might open the door to other efforts to expand gambling in the state.  However, the bill distinguishes poker from other games because it is a game of skill, not chance.

There are multiple bills pending to allow casino gambling, electronic gaming devices, etc.

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