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Is it legal to gamble on-line in texas

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Is it legal to gamble on-line in texas
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  P. Simmons replied 8 years ago.
Depending on the game, yes it is illegal.

The exception is if the game is determine to have skill (rather than chance) as the dominant factor in the outcome. If skill is the dominant factor, then it is not illegal.

No doubt, many people gamble online throughout the U.S., including Texas. Some believe that games like poker are games of skill, not chance. I wouldn't "bet" on poker being legal unless there was some case law in the state where a judge determined it was or was not.

So, the conservative answer is that gambling online in Texas is illegal. The penalty is a class C misdemeanor.

Best of luck to you.
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