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2-3-06- Many fans are placing bets for Super Bowl XL, and it's possible some bets are illegal. Most everybody has seen the games where you buy squares in hopes of nailing the final Super Bowl score.
It’s a fun game, but not always right with the law. Before you pick your square, make sure that your game is legal. A rule of thumb; if it is in a public place like a bar or restaurant, it’s going to be illegal. No matter if the establishment is organizing the pool or if a patron is doing it, those that take part could be criminally charged with a Class C Misdemeanor, and if the bar is handling the best, they could face administrative action.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission admits busting Super Bowl pools isn’t their biggest priority. One thing you can bet on is if they see something illegal, they will act. Pools that are at private residencies are okay so long as nobody is taking away a cut of the bets place.
TABC says super bowl betting of any kind carries the same regulations of poker and other card games.