Delaware prohibited DFS

Daily fantasy sports and other real-money contests are now banned in the State.

US.- Daily fantasy sports –DFS– operators in Delaware, such as FanDuel, DraftKings and Yahoo, were prohibited yesterday after a formal notification issued by the Delaware Department of Justice –DOJ–. The state has banned every real-money contest under the current law.

“We are certain that many Delaware residents and visitors would enjoy participating in the full array of fantasy sports contests, including those that require payment for participation and have cash awards. But until such contests can be offered legally, the DOJ must enforce the law,” stated the DOJ in the announcement.

Delaware government and the State’s Attorney General, Matthew Denn, consider daily fantasy sports operations as changeable games of chance. The official statement, sent to operators, expressed that while a DFS player selects players and teams, they have “no role in how these players actually perform once the real-life games or events occur.” According to authorities’ observation, daily fantasy sports do not depend on the participants’ skills, but on the “unpredictable” behaviour of real life players.