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  • deactivated84892

    Woke up to this unfortunate gem: http://www.legalsportsreport.com/9130/fanduel-draftkings-reach-ny-settlement

    Thoughts with you guys in New York.

    Statement from FanDuel

    FanDuel made the following statement via a company spokesperson:
    “We are announcing that as of today, FanDuel will cease offering paid contests in the state of New York per the terms of a settlement reached with the Attorney General on certain aspects of the ongoing litigation.

    New York is a critical state for FanDuel. FanDuel is headquartered in Manhattan, where we employ more than 170 young smart, passionate fans who are committed to innovating and providing the best fantasy experience possible. We are proud to be one of New York’s largest startup companies, and while it is disheartening for us to restrict access to paid contests in our home state, we believe this is in the best interest of our company, the fantasy industry and our players while we continue to pursue legal clarity in New York.”

    Statement from DraftKings:

    DraftKings Statement Regarding The Settlement with The New York Attorney General

    “Effective today, as part of a settlement reached with the Attorney General’s office, DraftKings will stop offering paid daily fantasy sports contests in New York State.

    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 4 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.”

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  • sabresrock29

    @Bighouse55 said...

    My accountant says I am committing fraud if I live in NY and leave state to enter contest and then drive back home.

    Can anyone confirm this?

    Thanks

    Compare it to fireworks which are also illegal in NY. You can go to PA and buy them but you can’t buy them in NY. You can light them in PA but you can’t in NY.

  • kellykip

    The DK screen message says “Residents of New York are not currently eligible to participate in DraftKings contests”.

    They specifically used the word this time fwiw

  • louislipps

    @sabresrock29 said...

    Compare it to fireworks which are also illegal in NY. You can go to PA and buy them but you can’t buy them in NY. You can light them in PA but you can’t in NY.

    Nah, dude. How are you going to feel when you drive to another state, enter a contest, win a GPP on FD and they refuse to pay you your winnings. The issue here is that the sites have agreed to restrict, and if you trick THEM (the companies, not the states) they are going to pay you out.

  • DougFunny

    Seems if you have tickets on fanduel they will let you play them out. And on draftkings they wont and are converting them to cash

  • baseballislife93

    I don’t think u can go out of state and play

  • Warriv

    @louislipps said...

    Nah, dude. How are you going to feel when you drive to another state, enter a contest, win a GPP on FD and they refuse to pay you your winnings. The issue here is that the sites have agreed to restrict, and if you trick THEM (the companies, not the states) they are going to pay you out.

    It depends if they restrict based on location, residency or both. It sounds like they are only restricting based on location, which would mean you are not getting around anything, you are allowed to play in jurisdiction where it is legal.

    Just like I can play online poker while I’m in Nevada, but I can’t when I’m outside of Nevada.

  • SteveM

    Sorry for you guys in NY. This sucks. I hope it gets sorted out favorably very soon. Good luck!

  • FSG22

    I live in Iowa… been like this for like 2 years… sucks but welcome to the prohibition era again!

  • toxx6878

    DAMMIT!!!!

  • sabresrock29

    Regarding the Survivor I asked fanduel support and I got this answer – Since you already paid for entry into this contest, it will run normally for you. So if you make it to the next round, you will still receive that entry.

    I then asked about location or resident based?

    Yea, it is location based. So if you were ever in, New Jersey for example, you can enter paid contests. As long as you are physically located in an eligible area when entering, you will be allowed.

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    Sorry to hear. Hopefully the legislature gets something passed soon!

  • albutson

    Lets hope the S 6793 bill gets passed this June. I just can’t imagine that NY would pass up on the tax revenue. This totally blows.

  • bbqnut

    Why now? I can’t figure out how this benefits DK or FD.

  • louislipps

    Well, if the verbiage changes (to include NY along with the other restricted states) on the disclaimer you have to click (that says you guarantee you are not a RESIDENT of those states) when you enter a contest, then you are lying to the company and they can withhold your winnings. Something to watch if you are trying to get around this, folks.

  • louislipps

    Also, an additional $400 just popped into my FD account, I’m assuming as compensation for my one outstanding Survive the Madness entry that made it through the weekend. I have an e-mail in to support and will update when I know more.

  • bearjew289

    Does any one know what’s going on in Illinois, Texas and other states? Does this same thing have a chance of happening in other states soon?

  • adelosa

    I wish I was a programmer because this is a great business opportunity. They aren’t shutting down season leagues right? They won’t shut down the March Madness bracket pools right? In fact, I don’t think the Survivor style tournaments fall under “daily” fantasy sports. What about Golf? Those tournaments play across multiple days. What if each week I pick a sports team and I get to pick players from that team each game they play that week and at the week I get a cumulative score- highest score wins? There is a loop hole here somewhere I know it…

  • Sharpljp

    So basically guys..

    Schneiderman: “DFS is against the law. It is betting and against the law of New York.. But I tell you guys what.. Pay me $500,000 upfront or atleast in intervals over a three year span (if you’re not DK or FD and can’t write me a check like right now), allow me to take 15% of your gross revenue and you know what.. I think it will become legal then ;)

    LOL. Dude GTFO.

  • EasyRawlins

    @ShowMeYourHITS said...

    I’m taking my withdrawal and going to the casino….

    Which is exactly what Sheldon Adelson wants you to do……………..

  • myb821

    To end all this debate I asked FD and DK support abt NY residents physically located out of the state

    From DK:
    [Quote]Good Afternoon,

    If you are physically in a state which permits paid contests, you will be able to enter.

    If you need anything else please let me know.

    Best,

    Xxxxx

    Customer Experience Supervisor[\quote]

    And FD:

    [Quote]Thank you for contacting us.

    As of 3/21/16, FanDuel will cease offering paid contests in the state of New York per the terms of a settlement reached with the Attorney General on certain aspects of the ongoing litigation.

    Those users who are physically located inside of an ineligible state will not be allowed to enter contests. However, users who are NOT physically located inside an ineligible state will continue be able to make paid entries.

    If I were in your shoes, I would take a peek at these two links below, as I think you will be happy to see many of your questions will be answered here!

    https://fanduel.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/213742468-FanDuel-restricts-play-from-certain-states-but-what-does-that-mean-

    https://fanduel.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/213742468-FanDuel-restricts-play-from-certain-states-but-what-does-that-mean-[\quote]

  • sutogame

    So there is a zero percent chance Nyers will be able to play mlb?

  • SmokestackLightning

    @bbqnut said...

    Why now? I can’t figure out how this benefits DK or FD.

    I think they’re getting out before it gets any worse. This is the slow time of year for DFS anyway. This effectively takes the heat off from the NYAG for the foreseeable future, which may help create a more favorable climate for legislation. I believe this takes the “damages” portion of the lawsuit off the table entirely, regardless of what happens in NY. This is far from ideal, of course, but I never felt like they were going to win in court anyway.

    So, I’m guessing they must be reasonably hopeful that legislation will pass. And given the language of the settlement, it seems the NYAG is falling in line with other AGs and saying “Pass a law and we’ll move along.”

  • donnybasbl

    @donnybasbl said...

    Wondering how they’re going to handle tickets. Hopefully i’ll receive cash value for those.

    Email sent to support.

    Fan Duel rep responded that tickets already won are valid for the contests on the day they are running, regardless of date.

  • wolfer

    So how hard would it be to start a recall petition?

  • martymilk

    This is obviously a tough blow for New Yorkers but ultimately I think this is a positive for the long term future of DFS in the state. The only way FD and DK would voluntarily stop taking entries in the state is if they felt that it would help with some sort of legislation in the future (IMO.) Hopefully they get this worked out quickly.

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