By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
Gambling is controlled by Tex.Pen.C. 47.02. That statute states in relevant part, (a) A person commits an offense if he: (1) 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; (2) 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 (3) plays and bets for money or other thing of value at any game played with cards, dice, balls, or any other gambling device.
There are all sorts of defenses, however. The defenses are under subsection (b) and are if; (1) the actor engaged in gambling in a private place; (2) no person received any economic benefit other than personal winnings; and (3) except for the advantage of skill or luck, the risks of losing…
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