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Jurisdiction is Texas
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Online gambling is illegal Federally under the Wire Act.

While there are no laws in Texas that specifically refer to online gambling, the existing Texas statutes are broad enough to encompass online gambling if the state chose to enforce it. These statutes are

Sections 47.01 to 47.03 of the Texas penal code. http://codes.findlaw.com/tx/penal-code/penal-sect-47-01.html

In actuality, states and the Federal government are far more concerned about going after the casinos than they are the gamblers. Gamblers themselves are rarely prosecuted. However, if the site you use doesn't give you your winnings, the courts aren't likely to assist you in getting your money back because, since they are unlawful gains.

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I don't do online gambling. But read about it. I read person say his state of Washington allows for it. Can that be true? Does state of Washington allow for online betting to some degree?

Here's what Washington has to say about gambling:

https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.46.010

And Washington is one of the few states that has a law specifically criminlizing online gambling, which is a felony:

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.46.240

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