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Chapter 47 of the Texas Penal Code contains the criminal laws that relate to gambling. The laws on gambling are complex, and the library cannot determine whether something you describe is legal or illegal. Consider reviewing our gambling research guide if you would like more information about gambling laws in Texas.

For some clarifications on what constitutes gambling and what does not, the Texas Attorney General has issued the following legal opinions regarding gambling.

If you are wondering whether a specific business plan or whether a specific act would be considered gambling, you will need to consult with a licensed attorney. We cannot make that determination for you.

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