Online Casino Gambling Might be Legalized in Texas
Texas may begin considering new online casino legislation in January 2021. In the southern American state of Texas and the billionaire boss of American casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corporation has reportedly been splashing the cash in advance of the consideration of proposed legislation that would seek to legalize some forms of online gambling.
According to a news report from Austin-headquartered television broadcaster KXAN-TV, 87-year-old Sheldon Adelson serves Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Las Vegas-headquartered casino behemoth and recently joined with his wife to pump some $4.5 million into the campaign coffers of Republican candidates in ‘The Lone Star State.’
The newspaper reported that this investment came after a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow select coastal jurisdictions to premiere iGaming. Although an identical effort failed earlier this year, the upcoming measure could purportedly prove more popular due to the fact that the giant state is struggling with an estimated budget shortfall of around $4.6 billion as well as economic stagnation brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
Joe Deshotel reportedly initiated the constitutional amendment so as to help his jurisdiction offset the high costs of wind storm insurance and provide residents with aid in the event of a catastrophic flood. The Port Arthur representative moreover purportedly declared that land-based casino gambling is legal in the neighboring states of Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Oklahoma and that his measure, which may begin its legislative journey as early as January, could help to ‘preserve Texas cash in Texas.’
Deshotel reportedly told KXAN-TV “Now is possibly the very best time that the possibility of legalizing online casinos has had in fairly some time. We are attempting to stop cash leaving Texas in such giant quantities so that it can instead go into coffers right here and be used to serve Texans who need assistance.”
Casinos in Texas
Texas has 22 casinos in which you’ll find more than 4,535 slots and gaming machines. There are a total of 65 table games. The minimum bet we’ve found at casinos in Texas is $0.01 and the maxium bet is $500. There is poker in Texas! You will find over 20 live poker tables to play at. You will find the following games in Texas casinos: NL Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Limit Holdem, No Limit Holdem, Crazy Pineapple, 7 Card Stud, Pot Limit Omaha, Texas Hold’em, Big O, Pot Limit Hold ‘Em, 2-7 Triple Draw, Tournaments, Tournament Freerolls, PL Omaha. Some Texas casinos also offer convention centers and meeting spaces. Over the entire town, you will find a total of 226,000 conference sq/ft space in the various casino properties.
Out of all casinos in Texas you’ll find Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino to be the biggest. It has 3300 gaming machines and 0 table games.
Coming in second place for largest casino in Texas is Naskila Entertainment with 365 gaming machines and 0 table games.
Currently there are no legal, real money online casinos in Texas. This means players can’t gamble on or access any online casino that is offering cash prizes, and that includes online slots and online poker rooms. Texas remains one of the states most averse to gambling in all forms, and this extends to online casino gaming, which for some jurisdictions has been even more controversial than land casinos.
We hope to see a change in the near future with the new legislation on online gambling at Texas. (with input from World Casino News)