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Baseball is the buzzword this week, and with the Major League Baseball 2016 Regular Season coming up, the Guaranteed Prize Pool tourneys are going to get only better. Whilst this is good news for the UK, the US is still struggling with legalisation issues of DFS.
This round-up of daily fantasy sports news includes your guide to the Major League Baseball 2016 Regular Season, and updates on the DFS legalisation from the USA congressional panel.
Major League Baseball DFS Underway – join in and play!
The Major League Baseball (MLB) 2016 Regular season is well underway, and you can join in on the fun as an online DFS team manager.
Various DFS platforms are available for UK baseball fans, and one of the biggest and the best is DraftKings.
There are huge cash prizes up for grabs in the Guaranteed Prize Pool (GPP) tournaments, but make sure to check out the 50/50s as well for fun games that give you more chances to win.
The 2016 Regular Season runs through to July so you’ll have plenty of chances to enter DFS rosters and add to your bankroll.
For daily tips and tricks, DraftKings publish their own stats and predictions on the MLB DraftKings Playbook.
Now for some daily fantasy sports news on legalisation from across the Atlantic…
USA Congressional Hearing – will legislators legalise Daily Fantasy Sports?
On May 11th, a USA congressional panel met to discuss the legal future of Daily Fantasy Sports. States representatives attended a hearing titled ‘Daily Fantasy Sports: Issues and Perspectives’. This meeting comes after 12 states banning online DFS platforms like DraftKings and FanDuel.
Representative Frank Pallone was passionate about legalising sports betting across the country. He said after the hearing:
“The biggest thing for me is that I would like us to legalize sports betting […] I am hoping this panel and the statements that were made about why it doesn’t make sense to allow [sports betting] to go underground.”
Other attendees questioned the effectiveness of the hearing. This was partly because no representatives from DFS platforms were present. There also weren’t representatives from major sports leagues there, including leagues who have partnered with DFS websites.
Furthermore, some representatives raised concerns about how experienced DFS players can use algorithms to tilt results in their favour. This trend can cause casual players to struggle.
Online gambling is illegal in the United States. The game’s future depends on whether legislators classify DFS as a game of skill or chance. This is why some states have banned DFS, while others have legalised it.
Fortunately, online gambling is completely legal in the UK. On the other hand, sports gambling legalisation in the USA would also be beneficial for UK players. The DFS industry relies heavily on US players and sports.
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