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The Texas Attorney General has stated that as long as participants do not risk money or anything of value to try to win any prize, the game is not illegal under §47.02; which is how bars and restaurants hold legal tournaments. Texas Penal Code §47.02(a)(3) states that a person commits an offense if he plays and bets for money or other thing of value at any game played with cards, dice, balls, or any other gambling device. Further, if you operate the card rooms and charge or take a percentage of each hand as a fee for your hospitality, then it is a clear violation of the §47.02(b) exception.
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