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DraftKings Sets Its Sights on Germany

A few months ago, we reported on Malta’s decision to introduce a specific licence for daily fantasy sports. This meant more than just a licence for Malta—it provided international operators with an access point to the EU.

Now, we’re seeing one of the biggest impacts of that decision: DraftKings has gained a Maltese licence. Read on to find out more about how that impacts players across Europe—and in the UK.

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Why is Daily Fantasy Football Gambling and Not a Chance or a Skill Game?

There has been a big debate for daily fantasy football in the US over the past year. Sites and regulators have argued whether the game is one of chance or skill. This is because online gambling is illegal there; operators want to class the game as skill-based to keep their U.S. players.

On the other hand, labelling daily fantasy football gambling is par for the course in the UK. Let’s look a bit more in depth at the difference between games of chance and games of skill. Where does daily fantasy football fall in the Venn diagram of the two? Read more…

Is Playing Real Money Daily Fantasy Football Legal in the UK?

If you’re interested in playing real money daily fantasy football, you may well have been following the saga about legality in the United States.

Now prospective players in the UK may well wonder about whether daily fantasy football counts as gambling in the UK. Is it legal to play for real cash? Well the short answer is yes. However, with all things related to online gambling, the short answer doesn’t really tell the whole story. Let me explain…

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DraftKings investigating Millionaire Maker winner for collusion with brother

One of the biggest winners of a DraftKings Millionaire Maker contest is under investigation for possibly colluding with his brother on lineup data.

23-year-old Martin Crowley, who goes by ‘papagates‘ on DraftKings, came joint-first in game week 3’s NFL Millionaire Maker contest.

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New York Governor signs Daily Fantasy Sports legalisation bill

New Yorkers can once again play daily fantasy sports, as it has finally been fully legalised and regulated. On August 3rd the state of New York enacted a law enabling daily fantasy sports sites to serve residents.

This comes almost 2 months after NY legislators passed a bill on June 18th to legalise DFS, before adjourning for the year. Since then, everyone had been waiting on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill into action.

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Massachusetts Officially Legalises DFS

In the USA’s complex legal system, it can at times be hard to keep up with what’s going on. For an industry as hotly debated as daily fantasy sports, this can be a problem – the situation keeps changing day by day, state by state. In recent weeks, we’ve heard news of Delaware banning DFS just as New York decided to legalise it.

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Will Brexit Affect UK Daily Fantasy Sports?

Brexit – Britain’s vote to exit from the European Union – is big news for UK operating gambling companies.

This, of course, includes Daily Fantasy Sports.

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Delaware Daily Fantasy Sports Banned

Another blow for DFS in the United States – it looks like Delaware Daily Fantasy Sports is no more.

Delaware Attorney General Matthew Dean has sent cease and desist letters to DFS sites DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo. The operators have since started the process of pulling out of operation in this state.

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New York Daily Fantasy Sports Now Legal

New York has passed a bill to legalise Daily Fantasy Sports.

The New York Assembly passed the bill on Saturday 18th June, voting 45-17 in favour.

The bill needs to be signed off on by State Governor Andrew Cuomo, but things are looking good so far for DFS fans and operators.

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World of DFS: Biweekly News Roundup

In recent Daily Fantasy Sports news –

  • Germany has reversed regulations that were restricting European DFS websites.
  • United States congress will discuss the legality of DFS.
  • London will be hosting an eSports Betting Summit.

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FanDuel and DraftKings pull out of New York

The phrase “one step forward, two steps back” comes to mind when discussing daily fantasy sports in the USA. The future of New York DFS games has now been called into question.

Only a week ago, we reported that DFS was officially declared legal in Virginia. This is a move that was seen as a huge boon for the industry as a whole. Now, however, the industry has suffered another setback. The two largest DFS operators in the US, FanDuel and DraftKings, have pulled out of New York DFS. As the state is reportedly the second-biggest market for DraftKings in 2014, it’s huge news for the industry.

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DFS is now officially legal in Virginia – here’s what it means for you

Virginia DFS games are now officially legal. The U.S. state has become the first to pass legal legislation to this effect.

What impact could one law in a single US state have on an entire global industry? Potentially quite a big one, it turns out.

DFS and US Legal History

The daily fantasy sports industry currently exists in something of a grey area. The 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act banned online gambling in the US. However, the act made a specific exemption for fantasy sports. There was no specific stipulation in the law that the fantasy sport in question had to be season-long. Thus daily fantasy sports were born. Read more…

USA DFS battle: Hawaii next on the hit list

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It’s not all hula dancing, bikinis and surfing in Hawaii as the Daily Fantasy war settles itself now in the vacationland. The ‘DFS is gambling’ virus has been spreading across the USA, and its latest victim presents itself via Attorney General Doug Chin.

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Is it legal to play virtual sport for cash in the UK?

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You’re after an adrenaline rush;  you like sports; and you like money…well, there’s a good chance that you’ll absolutely love Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). Briefly, DFS is where you build a virtual team online using real players. If your team does well in real life, you win prizes! Yay! (If you want a more detailed explanation about DFS, click here.)

In recent years, the industry has exploded, and there’s tons of sports you can pick – from the likes of footy, basketball, cricket and even MMA.

It’s exciting and it’s fun. So what’s with all the commotion over in the US, you ask? We understand if you’re worried that you’ll be sanctioned as a criminal if you play, thanks to all of the stuff in the news lately.

Luckily, in the UK, Daily Fantasy is completely legal. However, you should bear a few things in mind…

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