Judge Rules DFS is Gambling and Therefore Illegal in NY

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Last week a judge in Albany determined that daily fantasy sports products are indeed a form of gambling and are therefore illegal within the state of New York.

The ruling came from the New York Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly, who effectively overturned a law by Governor Andrew Cuomo that had allowed for the daily fantasy products to be legal. The law had determined that DFS were games of skill, but Connolly disagreed, saying that the contests were actually primarily based on luck and thereby gambling and are illegal under existing New York law.

While the ruling seemed to be set in concrete, DFS giant DraftKings said that the ruling will allow the company to continue offering their services, but will be working with lawmakers to cement themselves as legal in the Empire State.

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5 November 2018 - 7:23pm

The ultimate question isn't it - skill v chance..I'm not going to discuss that now but 'd be interesting if some of the rest US states and the gambling authorities would like to ban DFS also after the decision in NY, seems likely some of them to be influenced anyway.