part of the package is the entry to the tournament. I havent looked how it works out, but lets say tourney entry was 40 and trip was 5. You would pay taxes on whatever you win in the tourney plus taxes on the 5k for the trip.
I think that is a pretty short sighted view. We have no idea the politics behind this move and FD may have thought it was best to concede the short term in order to seal a long term victory. This is on the corrupt Texas AG not FD.
Once it’s gone it seems that much less likely that it is ever back again. Poker has been gone for 5 years. Several poker interest groups have tried to lobby and push forward the cause but the longer something is gone the more people learn to just live without it and not care anymore. I’d be surprised if FanDuel is ever back in Texas again.