The rollercoaster ride for Texas sports betting proponents just won’t end. Previously, betting for this year was wiped off the table, but then people were somehow given hope when a sports betting bill was authorized through the Texas House. However, things needed to be passed by the Senate and then voted in by the local citizens. That won’t be the case, however, as no Texas miracle for sports betting will arrive in 2023.
According to a report, the Texas sports betting bill that had created so much buzz was never even heard on the Senate floor. This was a major disappointment for so many people involved. People were counting on the Senate to pass the bill, which would have given people the chance to vote for legal sports betting when November rolled around. There were high hopes for things to finally get done in the Lone Star State.
However, the focus will now turn to 2025. This is a major blow for Texas and its sports betting push. Because things won’t be heard in 2024, that means the earliest we can see things get done in ’25. This is something that people can’t believe at all. It’s no guarantee at all that 2025 will provide good news for all of the sports fans out there. They’ve been calling for legal wagers for a while now, but no one knows when that day will come.
In order for Texas to finally see the laws changed for its citizens to take advantage of, then a new sports betting bill is going to have to get drawn up. Not only that, but it’s going to have to be good enough for it to open up plenty of eyes in the Senate. The last thing anyone wants to see is for another bill to get passed through the Texas House, only for the Senate to shoot things down like this again.
The Texas House passed a sports betting bill this session but it was never brought up on the Senate floor. Will have wait until 2025 session to discuss again.
— RLinnehanXL (@RLinnehanXl) July 12, 2023
Texas will continue to lose huge revenue with no football betting
Something that the Senate continues to ignore is that Texas will continue to lose huge revenue with no football betting. There is absolutely no question that football is king in the state. It’s a way of life for a lot of people, as high school football, college football and the NFL is quite entertaining for people in Texas to tune into. With training camps right away, people can’t wait for regular season games to arrive.
When it comes to the NCAAF betting odds, folks are most definitely going to have a lot of focus on the Texas Longhorns. Former 5-star quarterback Quinn Ewers is ready to have a huge season in Austin, as he also holds strong Heisman Trophy odds. Not only that, but a lot of UT fans are ready to see if quarterback Arch Manning, the nephew of both Eli Manning and Peyton Manning, will be able to see action as well.
Once Week 1 of the NFL season gets here, people would have loved to place bets on the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys themselves hold solid Super Bowl betting odds, as there’s hope that this can finally be the year where they can get back to the big game. It’s been nearly 30 years since the Cowboys have won it all and Jerry Jones wants to see that change as soon as possible.
With football being adored all over Texas, the betting potential indeed is through the roof. The betting handle and revenue would 100 percent be sky-high. However, we must now wait until at least 2025 for legal bets to be allowed? It doesn’t make an ounce of sense and people in the state are furious about this, especially after they were given false hope not too long ago. What gives here? Something has to happen soon, otherwise this will only get worse for Texas as a whole.
— NFL (@NFL) July 11, 2023
Illegal betting figures to grow with this latest Texas update
It goes without saying, but illegal betting figures to grow with this latest Texas update. People have been furious with the way this has played out, as they were hoping that the days of placing wagers through off-shore accounts and illegal bookies would come to a close. That’s not the case, though. Instead, if people in Texas want to bet on their top squads, they’ll need to do so outside of the state, or in an illegal fashion.
Authorities in Texas are doing everything they can to try and slow this activity down, but there are definitely plenty of illegal operators who are still getting away with their side hustle. Once the football season gets here, the illegal bets will of course be present.
Right now, though, baseball fans in Texas are keeping close tabs on the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. These two teams have been great to watch this year and there are no signs of them slowing down in the coming weeks or months. Once the postseason gets here too, illegal bets in Texas should be constant too, as both AL sides will be ready to make a deep push.