Suit Claiming NY’s Daily Fantasy Sports Law Is Gambling, Not Skill

An anti-gambling reform group filed a lawsuit last week claiming that New York’s “Daily Fantasy Sports” law violates the NY State constitution by characterizing daily fantasy sports contests as games of skill, rather than games of chance. The suit was filed in New York Supreme Court in Albany County by an organization called Stop Predatory Gambling on behalf of four New York resident plaintiffs who claim to have been negatively impacted by gambling. According to published reports, the suit “seek(s) to protect the public from predatory gambling consistent with the constitution.” Article 1, Section 9 of the state constitution, states, in part that “[n]o law shall be passed… except as hereinafter provided, no lottery or the sale of lottery tickets, pool-selling, bookmaking, or any other kind of gambling, except lotteries operated by the state… except pari-mutuel betting on horse races…  and except casino gambling at no more than seven facilities

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Mixed Signals On New York Online Poker Bill

New York took one step forward – and possibly two steps back – as the New York State Senate overwhelmingly passed an online gambling and poker bill, but a key lawmaker in the New York State Assembly declared the effort to pass the bill “dead.” The New York State Senate passed a bill that would legalize online poker in New York, which would make New York the 4th state to allow its residences to gamble online. Under the proposed legislation, online poker revenue would be taxed at a 15% rate and the state would get $10 million per online poker license. Advocates for the bill call it a safe, regulated option that would generate millions in revenue for state education and other initiatives. However, the New York State Assembly has not passed their version of the online poker legislation, with the chair of the Assembly’s racing and wagering committee, calling

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Will New Yorkers Be Playing Fantasy Sports This Summer? New York Gambling Law Update

When two of the largest commercial fantasy sports gaming companies, FanDuel and DraftKings, were sued by the State of New York and subsequently agreed to voluntarily stop taking money from New York participants, the companies did so with the understanding that lawmakers in Albany would pass legislation on the issue of how to regulate this new industry.  It appears that legislation is finally taking shape. As the legislative term comes to a close, committees in both houses of the New York state legislature have advanced bills proposing legislation requiring registration fees for commercial operators and a prohibition against players under 18 years of age.  Legislation would also bar contests based on amateur sports at the collegiate level and horse racing. Last year, New York cracked down on companies providing daily fantasy sports gaming after a disgruntled player, leading to the NY Office of Attorney General to step in to file

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