Texas cracks down on online horse race wagering
The Texas Racing Commission has sent letters to online wagering companies informing them that under a state law that recently took effect, it is illegal to accept online horse racing or greyhound bets from Texas.
Letters were sent to Advance Deposit Wagering companies including Twinspires.com, XpressBet and AmWest Entertainment, reports the Houston Chronicle:
“According to SHRP president Andrea Young, neither Sam Houston nor Lone Star Park officials lobbied for HB 2271. Young said there were attempts to include Texas tracks in the ADW revenue stream, not to eliminate ADW accounts.”
“The TRC’s letter cautioned of “enforcement proceedings to impose penalties for violations.” In addition, the letter said the Texas comptroller “may examine the books, records, officers and employees of any company authorized or permitted to do business in Texas that is involved in pari-mutuel wagering.”