Illinois Added to List of States Who Ban DFS

Unfortunately for daily fantasy sports players in Illinois, the state became the most recent of a growing list to put a ban on residents from partaking in daily fantasy sports websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel. This came after the attorney general, Lisa Madigan, stated that both sites are offering a form of gambling according to Illinois law. Let’s take a closer look at this legal decision.

 Statement Made by the Attorney General

“In light of the opinion, we expect that both FanDuel and DraftKings will amend their Terms of Use to include Illinois as an additional state whose residents are not eligible to participate in contests.”

Statement Made By FanDuel

“Why the Attorney General would tell her 13.5 million constituents they can't play fantasy sports anymore as they know it – and make no mistake, her opinion bans all forms of fantasy sports played for money – is beyond us.”

Statement Made by DraftKings

“the company intends to promptly seek a judicial resolution of its right to offer daily fantasy sports contests to Illinois residents. As it does so, it will continue to abide by all relevant laws and will follow the direction of the courts. Pending that resolution the company will preserve the status quo.”

Illinois Not the First to Ban DFS

This decision has come at a time when daily fantasy sports have been under major scrutiny by the federal and state government as to whether or not the game type is considered a form of gambling. For instance, both Nevada and New York have taken steps to shut down DFS websites operations within their state. However, lucky for New York residents, DFS companies snagged a reprieve in the state in early December. On the other hand, Nevada ordered DraftKings and FanDuel to shut their door to residents within their state.

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