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  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    … and why? Other than Libertarian which is a no brainer.

    Why Democrats: Less likely to care about what goes on in your living room and bedroom.

    Why Not D: Fair amount of Nanny Staters and “Gambling Hurts Poor and Minorities and Vulnerable”, etc.

    Why Republican: Has a sizable “live and let live” group with libertarian bend.

    Why Not R: Party is dominated by moral crusaders who like to tell you where to spend your money and what you can and can’t do in the privacy of your own home.

    Want to know what everyone’s thoughts are and will DFS ever come up in political conversations. Not trying to create a sidetrack of other issues just how it relates to DFS.

  • jtwfantasy

    I like where this conversation is headed.

  • Yukerboy

    • Blogger of the Month

    @thepacificocean said...

    Please, if Trump cared about American jobs, he wouldn’t be babbling about the border and China and trying to convince us that “The Mexicans and Chinese are taking our jobs”. Instead he’d be telling us the truth: That rich men like him are giving our jobs to the Mexicans and Chinese because profit is more important than country; he’d be telling us that we only have a border problem because we have a rich men giving jobs to immigrants problem.

    There’s a million ways to get in this country, but only one reason to come and one to stay: Rich men like Trump will give you a job.

    This. You don’t go after the drug users, you go after the dealers.

  • hendry

    didnt they just switch that, they couldnt shut off supply so the focus is now trying to limit demand?

  • YoungFischer

    The original poster’s summary is actually the best post in this thread.

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    @YoungFischer said...

    The original poster’s summary is actually the best post in this thread.

    Thank you. Question becomes will a sizable donor or advocacy group mess with DFS? Sheldon Adelson scares me in this respect. He just arm twisted a few Congressmen on the Iran deal and he could do the same for iGaming.

    IMO, the parallel partisan issue to DFS or iGaming in general in the 1970s and 80s is abortion rights. Wasn’t as clear cut partisan back then as it is now where you had some socially liberal Republicans in favor but socially conservative older Democrats opposed. Question is will a party take a side in this debate in similar fashion? I’d rather both parties leave it alone but I don’t see that happening.

  • srolleDFS

    dfs is a political issue that has very low salience. ask 10 people where they stand on dfs, and 9 of them will not know what dfs stands for. explain to them that daily fantasy is the game you can play on that draftkings website, and i think 6 of 10 still wont know what you are talking about.

    politicians dont take ideological stands on issues with extremely low salience. low salience issues are still strongly contested in congress, but the game is played differently. i think using analogies to ideological position may not be a fruitful way to address these issues. i would try to follow the money. if the industry is giving cash to someone thats a pretty good signal they are on board.

    FSTA seems to be the central daily fantasy trade group. since dfs is currently illegal in some states, it seems like the focus right now is at the state level in those specific states. here’s there advocacy page. http://www.fantasysportsfreedom.com/ its not too in depth, but it does explain what they think is important to dfs politically.

  • slcseas

    Since DFS sites comply with tax laws I don’t see it ever becoming a serious political issue. It’s hard to imagine any new gaming legislation tougher to overcome than the Wire act and UIGEA, which DFS has already beat.

    Whatever is best for the economy overall is best for DFS, which nobody really knows. Republicans will eventually go to war over oil, and Democrats will give free community college to everybody despite a horrific 16% graduation rate in a self selecting population. Both will have negative ripples in the economy, it’s just a matter of when and for how long.

  • sellthenews

    @PJGuin23 said...

    Question becomes will a sizable donor or advocacy group mess with DFS? Sheldon Adelson scares me in this respect. He just arm twisted a few Congressmen on the Iran deal and he could do the same for iGaming.

    That IS the question. As we’ve seen on the state level, local gambling interests (Racing, Lotto, Casino, etc.) often oppose Online Gaming. In poker, it never felt like the right people were getting the money. In DFS, with all the high-profile partnerships we see, it seems that the “right people” are getting the money this time. I think DFS is fine, but the fact that it is held in a higher light than other games of skill shows how inherently corrupt our system is.

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    @sellthenews said...

    That IS the question. As we’ve seen on the state level, local gambling interests (Racing, Lotto, Casino, etc.) often oppose Online Gaming. In poker, it never felt like the right people were getting the money. In DFS, with all the high-profile partnerships we see, it seems that the “right people” are getting the money this time. I think DFS is fine, but the fact that it is held in a higher light than other games of skill shows how inherently corrupt our system is.

    I feel a lot better today. Saw the DK Milly Maker advertised on the side of a SEPTA bus on the way to work. That’s encouraging. Never saw a poker site with that level of advertising.

    I like your point about the “right” money. DFS has been politically played out brilliantly compared to poker and online table games. Hell even I can understand the point about table games other than poker and throwing money away.

  • CrazyGabey

    The Rent is too Damn High party would have to be the chalk answer, no? If rent is lower, people have more money to spend playing DFS. Seems like a no-brainer.

  • soonerdawg

    I don’t think it’s a major issue, but I have heard a comment here and there that DFS “slipped through the cracks” in regards to the UIGA or whatever, so it wouldn’t be a major shock IMO if at some point somebody tried to close up that loophole by inserting it into a bill….

    If memory serves, I want to say it was actually some republican that attached the UIGA onto a security bill at the last minute, but with Yahoo and ESPN etc in the game, I think it’s more likely at some point that other games of skill such as poker would be allowed before DFS becoming outlawed

  • AQUAFTM45

    I think one of the reasons people play DFS is to escape all of the political bullshit news and threads.

  • soonerdawg

    @AQUAFTM45 said...

    I think one of the reasons people play DFS is to escape all of the political bullshit news and threads.

    i thought the same thing until DK changed its facebook pic to a rainbow flag a month ago

  • PDFOUR

    There are plenty of Republicans and Democrats who support online gambling.

  • nymjjb

    until we go to a fair tax any and all discussion regarding politics is nonsense to me.

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