During the spring legislative session, state lawmakers proposed bringing casinos to Texas. Texas has some of the strictest gambling laws in the country, so those efforts haven’t gotten very far.
Nonetheless, the state has a strong relationship with gambling.
It’s where Texas Hold’em got its start. In addition, Texas has a long history of gambling and underground casino operations, as well as well-known gamblers. For example, Benny Binion. During the Depression-era, he was an infamous gangster who ran rackets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
According to Doug Swanson, a University of Pittsburgh professor, “Dallas was really a wide-open gambling place in the 1930s.”