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  • barro

    just heard this on the news
    http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1203813/illinois-ag-daily-fantasy-sports-contests-illegal-gambling

    what happens to tickets we have on sites?
    Looks like my run is temporarily on hold.

  • newt

    what an awful state. pass your budget, IL.

  • raphael

    Lifelong resident of Illinois, and product of the Chicago public school system. This state is a joke. The politicians have far more important issues to deal with than taking down DFS: Covered up police shootings, Chicago-the murder capital of the nation, innocent children gunned down, not paying lottery winners that really need the money, corrupt former governors, high unemployment, parking meter scandal, red light camera scandal, potholes everywhere, construction projects that have been going on since the 1980’s, terrible public school system, pension crisis, budget problems, high taxes, etc.

    This seems to be a ploy to drive business to the state’s casinos and racetracks. Are DFS players really going to all of a sudden become casino players and horse betters? Will we spend the extra time and money to frequent casinos and racetracks? Will we ditch work, school, and families for the casino? How far will the same quarter or dollar that we play on DK and FanDuel go at the casino? If I’m off-base, or missing something here, please let me know.

  • jregger

    @raphael said...

    Lifelong resident of Illinois, and product of the Chicago public school system. This state is a joke. The politicians have far more important issues to deal with than taking down DFS: Covered up police shootings, Chicago-the murder capital of the nation, innocent children gunned down, not paying lottery winners that really need the money, corrupt former governors, high unemployment, parking meter scandal, red light camera scandal, potholes everywhere, construction projects that have been going on since the 1980’s, terrible public school system, pension crisis, budget problems, high taxes, etc.

    This seems to be a ploy to drive business to the state’s casinos and racetracks. Are DFS players really going to all of a sudden become casino players and horse betters? Will we spend the extra time and money to frequent casinos and racetracks? Will we ditch work, school, and families for the casino? How far will the same quarter or dollar that we play on DK and FanDuel go at the casino? If I’m off-base, or missing something here, please let me know.

    +1M

    -From an Illinois resident who works in the school, criminal justice, and mental health fields of Illinois…

  • Mirage9

    I think most people that play DFS are more likely to find a bookie and turn to sports betting to fill the DFS void then to go to casinos and sportsbooks. If that’s the case then the government won’t see anything from that. Atleast DFS is taxed, but if the government thinks DFS players are all of a sudden going to buy scratch off tickets every day then they are dead wrong.

  • Twmarsh

    Looks like we are good to go through June 27 in IL. DK/ILAG cut deal.

    “Parties will not pursue any other action against the other Party concerning legality of daily fantasy sports, except before this court.”

    Trial, if needed, set for June 27.

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20151229/BLOGS04/151229888/daily-fantasy-sports-sites-can-operate-during-court-challenge

  • trident

    @Twmarsh said...

    Looks like we are good to go through June 27 in IL. DK/ILAG cut deal.

    “Parties will not pursue any other action against the other Party concerning legality of daily fantasy sports, except before this court.”

    Trial, if needed, set for June 27.

    Hopefully the legislation passes before then. The sponsor stated that he thought they would get around to it in the spring.

  • mberkowi

    • 2018 DraftKings FHWC Finalist

    Well, this is temporarily good news. I’ve e-mailed letters to both my Illinois represntitive and senator stating my support for Rep. Zalewski’s HB4323-Fantasy Contests Act and encourage all Illinois residents to do the same.

    Taking advice from a relative who works in politics, a personal letter expressing why you support the issue goes much further then the boilerplate forms the sites are sending. The focus of my letter was the added tax revenue I’ve generated, the safety of the games and the good that comes from the industry such as charitable donations on FantasyHub.

    Attacking the state’s budget issues, failure to make lottery payments, pitting DFS vs season long, horse racing, etc are not good things to include in your letters.

  • horby

    @mberkowi said...

    Well, this is temporarily good news. I’ve e-mailed letters to both my Illinois represntitive and senator stating my support for Rep. Zalewski’s HB4323-Fantasy Contests Act and encourage all Illinois residents to do the same.

    Taking advice from a relative who works in politics, a personal letter expressing why you support the issue goes much further then the boilerplate forms the sites are sending. The focus of my letter was the added tax revenue I’ve generated, the safety of the games and the good that comes from the industry such as charitable donations on FantasyHub.

    Attacking the state’s budget issues, failure to make lottery payments, pitting DFS vs season long, horse racing, etc are not good things to include in your letters.

    Wrote a personal email to my congressman today. Replied within minutes and said the bill has his support.

  • xomar80x

    Yeah, I would say so. MLG (Major League Gaming) has paid ladders where players wager and then play each other in organized leagues. Sort of like a boxer betting on himself to win. These are games like Call of Duty or League of Legends. But “video gaming” in Illinois refers to those games you see in bars that used to be “for entertainment purposes only” but really the bar owners were just paying winners under the table, and everyone knew it, so Illinois decided to generate a new revenue stream by making it legal and taxing the hell out of it. Now it’s quite literally everywhere.

  • jdelsas

    Fantasy Draft just locked out IL residents from entering paid contests on their website. At least they waited until the NFL season was over (except WC round), seeing as their other sports are very small yet/irrelevant.

  • inwhiterooms

    @jdelsas said...

    Fantasy Draft just locked out IL residents from entering paid contests on their website. At least they waited until the NFL season was over (except WC round), seeing as their other sports are very small yet/irrelevant.

    Draftpot is out now, too…

  • Rahfulz

    yea just finished my LU on fantasydraft to find i can’t enter any contests… heartbreaking

  • jdelsas

    @Rahfulz said...

    yea just finished my LU on fantasydraft to find i can’t enter any contests… heartbreaking

    For sure, definitely a bummer. I understand the safety precautions they are taking, being a smaller DFS site, to protect themselves from a potential lawsuit, but hoping this is only temporary until our state can get this issue sorted out in the IL General Assembly.

  • Rahfulz

    am i understanding correctly that IL players are still eligible to play on the big sites like FD and DK? can i safely transfer my bankroll from fantasydraft and continue playing DFS on one of those sites?

  • jregger

    @Rahfulz said...

    am i understanding correctly that IL players are still eligible to play on the big sites like FD and DK? can i safely transfer my bankroll from fantasydraft and continue playing DFS on one of those sites?

    Yes, at this time you are correct. FantasyHub is also still accepting IL players – excellent deposit bonus and overall great site IMO, just has overall smaller contests.

  • Rahfulz

    “at this time” isn’t exactly confidence inspiring, but it’s certainly better than nothing. DFS has become my most beloved hobby and i would be devastated if it was taken away from me. i’ve already been through this shit once as an ex online poker player :(

  • Draftpot_Eric

    Our payment provider said we had to pull out of Illinois today, or they would stop processing payments for us.

    We are exploring all options that would enable Illinois players to compete on Draftpot in accordance with state law and with the approval of our payment provider.

  • clarnzz

    Illinois resident. The state is just hoping the lottery and casinos prevent our state going up on auction to the highest bidder, and even then nobody would buy it. ffs, can’t even move across the creek to Iowa

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  • Jburgio31

    @Draftpot_Eric said...

    Our payment provider said we had to pull out of Illinois today, or they would stop processing payments for us.

    We are exploring all options that would enable Illinois players to compete on Draftpot in accordance with state law and with the approval of our payment provider.

    Any luck finding a different payment processor? Any why are those places such chickens when a lawyer makes a statement? She did nothing but express her opinion. Wow, just wow.

  • jkwasn01

    @Jburgio31 said...

    Any luck finding a different payment processor? Any why are those places such chickens when a lawyer makes a statement? She did nothing but express her opinion. Wow, just wow.

    That will likely take some time. I think a lot of processors are distancing themselves away from DFS as it’s considered high risk.

    Hopefully they do find one, but application process, set up and integration may take some time too.

    I wouldn’t expect them to be up in IL too soon. Could be a while.

  • johnnyj580

    @Jburgio31 said...

    Any luck finding a different payment processor? Any why are those places such chickens when a lawyer makes a statement? She did nothing but express her opinion. Wow, just wow.

    DFS sites are generally just a small portion of the payments these processors facilitate.

  • lionssuck

    add Derbywars to the list of sites not allowing IL players now.

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