New Bill Aims to Legalize Poker in Texas
Even though it’s called Texas Hold’em, playing poker in the Lone Star State for money is illegal. However, that could change if lawmakers pass a certain bill this legislative session.
House Bill 292 is sponsored by Democrat Eddie Rodriguez, and if passed would legalize Texas Hold’em at bingo halls, Indian reservations as well as at horse and dog racetracks.
Kris Keller owns several bingo halls in San Antonio and likes the idea.
“I think it would be big,” said Keller. “I think a lot of people play poker now and if it was legal a lot more people might want to play.”