Is Draftkings legal?
When it comes to gambling and online fantasy games, you always have to make sure that the website you’re about to sign up with is operating legally. After a series of debates and suspicions, you have to know if Drafktings is legal or not.
Draftings – legal?
In 2006, the state declared online gambling as being illegal – and it aimed to attach daily fantasy sports sites as well, but the situation didn’t get that bad. If it had millions of Americans would had to pay huge fines, so that law said clearly that fantasy sports will remain exempted from these new rules.
Therefore, Draftkings is a legal company, trustworthy and subject to the American law. In case you have any doubts, you have to understand that fantasy sports are considered a game of skill, and not a gambling activity – but this is still an open discussion.
The American law classifies this as a game where people have to use their ability to play with their skills in order to win something. The official statement says that everything is legal if:
1) is not dependent solely on the outcome of any single sporting event or non-participant's singular individual performance in any single sporting event;
2) has an outcome that reflects the relative knowledge of the participants, or their skill at physical reaction or physical manipulation (but not chance), and, in the case of a fantasy or simulation sports game, has an outcome that is determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of sporting events, including any non-participant's individual performances in such sports events.
Draftkings – how the company sees itself
On their website, Draftkings claims that they are an American company governed by both federal and state law. They say they are operating in compliance with the law and also under the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act). Of course, their regulation varies from one state to another: “State law regarding DFS contests varies by state, and is currently dynamic, with some states expressly regulating DFS contests while others continue to evaluate the legality of DFS contests and potential regulation of the industry. In some states, the legality of DFS contests has never been questioned. In states where politicians or other officials (and not the legislature) have made statements about the legality of DFS contests, DraftKings may ask a state's courts to clarify its right to operate.”
However, Draftkings doesn’t allow individuals to play if they are from: Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Arizona, Hawaii, New York, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada or from Washington State.
What can you find on Draftkings
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Draftkings offers some of the most important college’s football and basketball leagues, as well as MLB, NHL, NBA, PGA. They have GPP contests, head-to-head options, qualifier contests, Freerol contests and all sorts of leagues you can take advantage of.
If you are planning to register with Draftkings, you should note that deposits can be made using Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, but also with PayPall, Dwolla and gift cards from the aforementioned major cards. You get your payouts in approximately seven working days.
The best thing about being a member of Draftkings is that you can enjoy contests and events like:
- NBA Tip Off;
- PGA $100,000 Monster Drive;
- Draft Kings Soccer;
- NFL $2,200,000 Millionaire Maker or King Of The Beach (for $2,500,000);
- Breeders' Cup Vip Experience;
- Draft Kings & The World Poker Tour;
- Steps Tourneys.
Daily fantasy legal issues 2016
In spring 2016, Draftings, along with FanDuel, have decides to stop paid contests in New York until they receive a bill that’s meant to legitimize their business. This situation has been going on for a while, as New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, called for banning daily fantasy sports site under state law.
At the moment, Draftkings declared that “We are an industry leader in technology, innovation and consumer protections, and we are grateful to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who have enjoyed playing fantasy sports on DraftKings for the last four years. We will continue to work with state lawmakers to enact fantasy sports legislation so that New Yorkers can play the fantasy games they love.”