According to an article published in the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Racing Commission has sent letters to ADWs informing them that it's now illegal to accept online horse or greyhound bets from Texas. A new state law, HB 2271, that went into effect September 1, 2011 also outlaws phone wagering by Texas residents.
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I won't mince words here. As a full time horseplayer, I see this as just another boneheaded move by an industry completely lacking in even the most basic understanding of the needs and wants of the customer.
A similar law enacted by Arizona in 2007 criminalized all wagers made outside the racing enclosure. Instead of driving AZ players back to the track as had been hoped - the primary effect of that law was to turn a lot of players into ex-players.
If ADWs are forced to stop accepting wagers from Texas residents, we at HANA wouldn't be at all surprised to see a backlash from players across North America against Texas racing.