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FACT CHECK: Are football betting pools illegal?

Posted: 6:22 PM, Jan 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-30 13:15:56-04

Many football fans have game day traditions, and office pools and football pots are as much a part of Super Bowl Sunday as chicken wings or guacamole dip.

But before you bet on the Eagles or Patriots in this week’s matchup, it’s important to know: Are football betting pools illegal?

The KRIS 6 Fact Check team took the question to the commander of Corpus Christi Polices Department’s Narcotics and Vice Division, and the answer is:

FACT. Anytime you bet on the outcome of sporting event it is considered gambling.

However, CCPD Commander Todd Greenwood  says you can avoid legal problems as long as everyone in the pool has an equal opportunity to win, and the person running the pool doesn’t take a cut of the pool.