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Chapter 47 of the Texas Penal Code defines gambling related offenses.

“Gambling” as per § 47.02 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person:

  • makes a bet on the partial or final result of a game or contest or on the performance of a participant in a game or contest;

  • makes a bet on the result of any political nomination, appointment, or election or on the degree of success of any nominee, appointee, or candidate; or

  • plays and bets for money or other thing of value at any game played with cards, dice, balls, or any other gambling device.

It is a defense to prosecution under this section that:

  • the actor engaged in gambling in a private place;

  • no person received any economic benefit other than personal winnings; and

  • except for the advantage of skill or luck, the risks of losing and the chances of winning were the same for all participants.

An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

Severity of Crime

Misdemeanor c

  • Fine not to exceed $500