Texas State Poker
The poker laws are relatively lenient for the players, but not so much for the operators. There is also no casinos or licensed poker rooms in this state. Most of the poker players from Texas state will play poker in Nevada, play social games at home or play online poker.
Texas Poker Room
Play at Bet Online
Visit the Bovada Casino
Texas Poker Laws
Operating an unauthorized poker room will get you in trouble and playing at an unauthorized poker game that collects rake from the players is illegal. Home games seem to be legal if it is in a private residence and no one collects any rake. If you play and are found guilty of gambling in the state of Texas you will be guilty of a class C misdemeanor (a fine up to $500). That seems lenient, most states will have a threat of a fine and maybe 60 days in jail, but Texas will only fine you $500. In the end the punishment will probably be the same as most states, but at least you know that you will not need to worry if you run into an overzealous judge in Texas. This is probably the best possible law for poker players (making it legal to gamble with anybody and anywhere with no rules or consequences, would be a bad thing) and could help lead the way for a tax and regulate online poker environment in Texas.
Where to play live poker in Texas
There is no decent casinos or poker rooms that we know of in the state of Texas. Most of the live action poker is between friends at home poker games in Texas.
Poker sites accepting players from Texas
There isn't much of a live poker scene in Texas, but you will have a good variety of online poker rooms to choose from. The best poker rooms in the U.S. market will accept players from Texas. You can choose between Bovada.lv,
America's Cardroom and Bet Online Poker.
Most of the action is at Bovada, which also has a sister site called Ignition Poker. Bovada has anomalous tables, so you won't have to worry about sharks following you around the poker room and you will not have to worry about hand tracking software.
America's Cardroom is your second best option. If you are a professional or even just a regular player, you can use hand tracking software and you can follow the fish here. The same is true for Bet Online, which is a smaller, but still reliable poker room for Texans. Beyond the top three, I wouldn't even bother signing up. There is little traffic, ethical issues and financial problems with the remaining poker rooms.