The heavily conservative mindset in the Texas legislature right now is going to carry over into the 2019 legislative session. Lawmakers who do introduce sports betting bills likely will not have the support needed to pass a law that would legalize Texas sports betting. That being said, anything can happen, and so we will diligently keep an eye on what happens during the next legislative session. Optimistically, there could be legal sports betting in Texas within the next year. Realistically, expect it to roll out within the next 3 to 5 years. It’s going to take a lot to make sports betting legal in Texas.
Until now, bettors looking to place a wager on their favorite sports team had two unattractive options: either open an account on a black market site, or seek out a corner bookie. In both cases, the party taking wagers was doing so illegally, and because illegal bookies are working in an unregulated space, there is nothing preventing them from offering poor lines, refusing to pay out winnings, or banning players without a reputable cause.
Unlike Las Vegas, where you can physically visit a sportsbook at a casino resort, online gambling sites and sportsbooks are essentially virtual casinos that accept real money to wager on real sporting events. However, this does not mean an online sportsbook’s address is only located on the internet. Any reputable online book will have a physical address located on its website along with a toll-free telephone number you can use to call them and ask questions if needed. Some will even have an FAQ you can review to help you feel more comfortable about betting there.