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Casinos in Texas are still not legal, with so far only two exceptions (shown below). One is a Native American casino, and the other is a Casino cruise, which is on the water and therefore technically not within the state's legal boundaries.
When it comes to card games and slot machines, some say the best places for gambling in Texas are just across the border at casinos in New Mexico.
For Texans with an urge to make a bet within state lines, dog racing and horse racing are legal, not to mention wildly popular.
games are also legal, if held within private residences, and as long
as the house does not take a cut of the winnings. But really, who's looking, after all?
Still feel like trying your luck? Here's a selected list of the precious few places to gamble throughout the state of Texas.
If you're in the neighborhood, pay a visit to the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel.
This casino has many machines and table games overseen by members of the Kickapoo tribe.
The Lucky Eagle is located at 7777 Lucky Eagle Drive in Eagle Pass. Call (830) 758-1936 for details.
For a not-technically-Texas casino adventure, try the Texas Treasure Casino Cruise, a sea going bet-fest of intermingling locals and tourists.
The Texas Treasure Casino Cruise departs from Port Aransas. Call 361-758-0446 for details.
No doubt due to a lack of local casinos, Greyhound racing is especially popular in the state of Texas.
Two favorite Texas dog tracks are Valley Race Track in Harlingen and Gulf Greyhound Park in LaMarque.
Horse racing is even more popular than dog racing in Texas. Among the best places to place bets on your favorite thoroughbred are the Gillespie County Fairgrounds in Fredericksburg, the Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, and Retama Race Park in Selma.
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