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  • kaetorade

    • 2013 DraftStreet DSBBC Finalist

    Effective May 1st, 2016, Texas residents will no longer be allowed to play paid games. This is certainly a difficult pill to swallow. This was the email that I received:

    Dear Texas Fans:

    We have some important news to share regarding our contests for users in Texas. As you may know, fantasy sports was founded in Texas more than four decades ago. In 2009, FanDuel was formed at Austin’s SXSW Interactive Festival, paving the way for millions of sports fans to play fantasy in a whole new way. We are proud of the business we’ve built and our ability to innovate fantasy sports and create a new product that fans love.

    We believe FanDuel has always been legal in Texas and strongly disagree with the recent advisory opinion of the Attorney General, but understand that the laws surrounding fantasy sports require clarity. As such, we have worked with the Texas Attorney General to map out our plan to wind down our operations in Texas, suspending paid contests on May 1st. The Texas legislature will be in session in 2017 and we will work to pass legislation that protects fantasy sports and consumers so that we can bring our paid contests back to Texans as soon as possible.

    In the meantime:

    - Users will still be able to participate in free head to head challenges and leagues after May 1st.

    - As has always been the case, users in Texas can withdraw their funds at anytime. Users can also play FanDuel when visiting other states in which FanDuel continues to operate paid-contests.

    Please follow us at www.FantasySportsForAll.com and let your lawmakers know that you support fantasy sports. We have more than 20+ bills in state legislatures across the country that safeguard fantasy sports and provide consumer protections. It is our intent to work with the Texas legislature to pass a similar bill in 2017, when back in session. Your support will help ensure that all fantasy companies are able to continue to operate in Texas.

    Thank you for your support,

    FanDuel

  • ballabal

    The cut and paste didn’t work I quoted A25smith

  • geardaddy

    This is bullsh*t.

  • w3stcoastoff3ns3

    SMH. I was pretty heated at work as I read the email. I love FD hardly play on DK. But I guess Ill get use to playing bball over there and enjoy my last month on FD. I will be active as much as I can in voicing my opinion to Paxson etc.

  • Bishman

    Can we get Mark Cuban to chime in please?

  • Aalbanese102089

    It’s a joke. Even when I am somewhere and I can legally play there, I won’t. I’d rather not play then then give them my money. Way to show their support by caving in.

  • JGENNARO29

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    Was looking so forward to the MLB season…. ugh this is horrible!

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    Fanduel doesn’t want to fight this guy? Come on. At least Schneiderman has some moral high ground on other consumer protection issues. I feel.this guy is WORSE:

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/08/04/us/securities-fraud-charges-bring-texas-attorney-general-to-county-jail.html?referer=&_r=0

  • texasrangersfan

    Does anyone know why Fanduel doesn’t want to fight in TX? I would think TX is one of the largest states for DFS players. Have they run out of legal money or did they cut a deal with the AG to get licensing fees reduced when they pass a law? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

  • glennantz

    I don’t live in Texas, but this is just wrong! Another example of big government protecting us from ourselves. Until people stand up and fight for there right to live there life the way they want, this will continue. I am not a political person but when you see someone like Donald Trump run for president and get votes, you know people have had enough. For all of Texas I will say, remember the Alamo.

  • Cobra_Kai

    Absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary.

    I’m glad this is what our politicians are focusing on. Perhaps..just perhaps there are bigger and more important issues they should be dealing with?

  • wolfjb1

    @texasrangersfan said...

    Does anyone know why Fanduel doesn’t want to fight in TX? I would think TX is one of the largest states for DFS players. Have they run out of legal money or did they cut a deal with the AG to get licensing fees reduced when they pass a law? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

    I’m a lawyer and although I have no knowledge of what’s happening in this particular case, the reasons for settlement are usually fairly self-evident once you weigh the pros and cons. The thing is, we don’t know what went into their decision-making but a settlement like this is almost certainly made because FD wasn’t confident it would prevail if it filed a DK style lawsuit. FD is probably also confident in its lobbying efforts so they think they have a strong shot at getting a bill passed in the state legislature in 2017. I have no clue if this happened here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the AG threatened to bring criminal charges pending the outcome of his investigation.

  • monds6

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    Wow, I love the hypocrisy of the Texas AG – Unreal – I am sorry for those it Texas. I hope that this is resolved, but obviously not until 2017 at least. This impacts all of us that play DFS regardless of what state you live in.

  • deactivated84892

    I hope the DFS ecosystem isn’t rattled too much. I’m severely disappointed in the decision but it is consistent with the literature of the law (which is very dumb).

    I’m keeping an eagle eye on the trickle effect to see what other DFS sites follow suit, and if payment processors pull out.

    I’ve not been the biggest DraftKings advocate throughout the years but applaud them for fighting and will be supporting the cause as best I can. For FanDuel to simply agree to stop running before it goes to court is even more disappointing than any AG’s opinion. I’ve been a Texas resident off and on for over 20 years and can’t recall a time where myself and the people I associated with didn’t play Fantasy Sports, how this is a “must enforce now” issue is beyond me.

    Ken Paxton was literally in handcuffs 6 months ago on felony charges and everyone in this state seems to not care about the ridiculous dirt surrounding this man. I will be active in the state fighting for DFS just like I did all I could to stand up for New York.

    If you are a Texas DFS player and are voicing your opinion, Please remember to voice it professionally. I’ve been behind tall oak doors in important Texas buildings in the past 10 years and “your a con, idiot, #freefanduel” does not work and is laughed at. Please take the time to be as cordial as possible or mirror statements/letters pieced together by others. (I’m sure this is true with any state)

  • boomanfoo

    It looks like Draft Kings is fighting I just don’t understand why FD is just going tits up for no apparent reason.

  • boomanfoo

    Hopefully DK will stay strong

  • SACoconuts

    Yup, Texas legislature only meets every other year, January till May, 140 days, and nothing will be done to fix this. Texas banned online horse wagering recently, so I don’t see anything good happening next year.

    Fanduel wimped out.

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    @wolfjb1 said...

    I’m a lawyer and although I have no knowledge of what’s happening in this particular case, the reasons for settlement are usually fairly self-evident once you weigh the pros and cons. The thing is, we don’t know what went into their decision-making but a settlement like this is almost certainly made because FD wasn’t confident it would prevail if it filed a DK style lawsuit. FD is probably also confident in its lobbying efforts so they think they have a strong shot at getting a bill passed in the state legislature in 2017. I have no clue if this happened here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the AG threatened to bring criminal charges pending the outcome of his investigation.

    In other words, the law could contain a ‘bad actor’ clause which would give FanDuel Texas and kick DraftKings out.

    If the AG brought criminal charges, he would be an outright hypocrite. I would take my chances like DK is doing especially going up against a man embroiled in his own crap.

  • badtouch

    Yes, Paxton is a big problem. He’s under indictment for two first degree felonies for securities fraud and one third degree felony for failing to register as a security agent. Yes, that’s as bad as it sounds, a first degree felony is punishable by 5-99 years or life and a third degree is 2-10 years. The charges arise from alleged conduct occurring while Paxton was a member of the Texas legislature.

    The bigger problem is the state political scene itself. The legislature moves at a snail’s pace for really short period of time every other year and is the entity we need to get relief from. If Paxton was gone for example, he would just be replaced by another ultra conservative slave to the insurance companies and big company $$$. Unfortunately, there is enough of that same element in the legislature and it is so entrenched that I would be surprised and shocked if anyone in Texas is able to play on FD ever again.

    If you live in Texas and want to play on FD, you are just going to have to move.

  • Battery1975

    So pissed since this came down and I have no faith we will get dfs back in Texas. What a joke. This has been a huge part of my life the last 3 and half years that I have enjoyed so much. I guess the only thing left to do is to go all in over the next 2 months

  • ballabal

    I just started playing DFS last year and enjoy it and get some money from it. That being said, I heard that Texas law requires only “partial chance” for something to be considered gambling. OK so playing DFS requires some skill to be successful (doing player research, etc). However there is a chance that you could lose. I have traded options for stocks on the stock market using an online broker. I would do research on the stock and the market, etc and make my trade. There is a “partial chance” that something could happen in the market and I could lose money on the trade. This sound similar to playing DFS to me. but with the potential to lose lots more money. I would think that day trading, Forex and options trading for some people would be akin to gambling. I have known of some people who did day trading and lost thousands of dollars. Being hypothetical, would the similarities between day trading and DFS cause the Texas AG to ban that kind of thing on the online brokerages?

    BTW: due to this and many other reasons, I wish I could leave Texas. It is becoming stranger by the day with one political faction representing 10-15% of the population telling the rest of us how to live. This does not give me much hope that the legislature will do much of anything for DFS next year, but I will contact my state representative and senator about this. I guess I will have to go back to options trading again. It is not as fun as DFS, but I can make some money doing it.

  • deeloc420

    man its unreal! I feel like its a bad dream and I will wake ups soon and it will all be ok!

  • texasrangersfan

    Get ready for some smaller MLB GPP’s this year. I just don’t get politics. I can go outside and walk the streets with a gun in my hand, but can’t play DFS in TX.

  • jrg777

    Black Friday once again, ridiculous how the government once again wants to dictate how I spend my money as a tax paying adult. I understand that we need to make sure the DFS companies are running fair games and that the government wants their tax money which they weren’t getting from online poker but they are getting from DFS.

  • stoptheinsanity

    To be perfectly clear, the issue in Texas is not that they don’t want us playing DFS. It is that under current law written in the 1970s DFS is considered illegal. Now it is up to the legislatures to write a new law allowing it. Contacting the AG is pointless at this point. He already gave his interpretation of the law and I don’t think it was wrong. The law needs to be changed. So yeah. It sucks. I’m devastated. But we need to work on contacting the people that are in charge of writing the new legislation. Not the AG.

    As for all the people going after the AG. I understand and personally I don’t like the guy. But he is right. Our law clearly makes it illegal. Be pissed at FD or whoever that never read the law and never tried to get it changed. All the AG did was read it and say this and this makes it illegal. Which was crystal freaking clear.

  • BreakingBacon

    No more DFS in Texas? Well guess it’s time to start stalking people in the woods again with nothing to do.

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