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  • Cameron

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    Texas AG declares daily fantasy sports illegal gambling: http://bit.ly/1V5OVbt

    Hey Grinders,

    We just had an update we wanted to pass onto everyone. You may have heard that Attorney General Ken Paxton is reviewing the legality of fantasy sports in Texas, and may make a decision as soon as early 2016.

    We’ve had other threads posted on similar topics, but the best action you can take is to contact your Attorney General (AG) & local State representatives. — If you live in Texas, here is the link to do so in a time-efficient manner:

    Contact Texas A.G. & Your Local Officials

    Thank you everyone who has reached out & continues to do so.

    Best,
    Cameron

    ____________________________________________________________________________________

    Official Statement from DraftKings for Texas

    “If you’re like us and you believe that daily fantasy sports are fun, entertaining, games of skill, click here to tell Attorney General Paxton and your state legislators directly that you would oppose any measure that harms your ability to play fantasy sports in Texas.

    As adults, we are fully capable of choosing how we want to enjoy sports and deciding which games we want to play. But some of your government officials seem to believe that the government should be making those decisions for you.

    Fantasy sports build community. You play DraftKings because of that community, and we are proud to provide you with the contests you love. Now it’s time for our community to stand together to make our voices heard; help us protect that which we have all worked so hard to build together. Send your officials a note telling them that you oppose any effort to ban fantasy sports.

    With your help, we can protect the game we love.

    Thank you,
    DraftKings”

  • JDub07

    Man this sucks. I hope we don’t get screwed as well.

  • bobo1096

    This country keeps banning everything !!!

  • jjwd

    Stand up Texas, be free!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • benstnick

    Simply ridiculous. Please take a few minutes to contact the AG. Hopefully it’ll help.

  • muglore

    Bump. Just when I thought that we were done with this BS, my state is considering the dark side.

  • Stevej2344

    As a resident of Texas I would like to tell anyone else who lives there not to worry at all about this. Texas is an entirely different culture from the rest of the country and the people would not stand for DFS being ban trust me. Also I am hearing that Texas wants to actually become the first state to license the sites so take that for whatever its worth

  • Stevej2344

    All we can do is just play and keep making this easy money that the rest of the country is so jealous of

  • WillCola

    i’m glad to hear that from you stevej2344 no worries be happy

  • troveur

    That Texas AG’s comments about DFS sound very hostile just like NYAG’s before dropping the hammer—be ready for a long term battle grinders.

  • geardaddy

    I really hope it doesn’t get banned. I just started really getting good at DFS it would be very disappointing if it got banned.

  • yoteach

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    I posted this in the Illinois thread, but it fits here too:

    As Chris Grove noted in the CA hearing last week, DFS hearings, legislation, court battles, etc. will likely take place in 20 states in 2016. It is critical that we as players organize in a grassroots fashion. The DFS Player’s Alliance is currently in its infancy, but it’s run by smart guys with lobbying experience and will be critical in this fight in 2016. The idea is to be able to mobilize players in each and every state to make our voice heard. Cory Albertson (rayofhope) and I joined Steve Miller of DFSPA last week at the CA hearing, and I sincerely believe our presence and testimony made a difference. One of the state assemblymen even came out in the hall and talked sports with us. Steve through his lobbying connections got us on the agenda, and we will need a similar effort in other states. If you’ve not yet joined, do so and spread the word about DFSPA: http://www.dfsplayers.org

  • theseige

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    Honestly all of these threads are misguided… AGs are being asked to make legal opinions on what law is now from state legislatures looking to put in pro-DFS laws… These opinions carry no legal weight and their is no indication that they are going to ask a court to have sites stop operating within their borders

    People should be contacting state reps to get pro DFS laws, the AGs as a whole won’t base decisions on people emailing/calling with pro-DFS takes

  • headChopper

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    I really never thought this would be even an issue in Texas, with the Jerry Jones factor. So maybe he steps in and cuts this off before it gets started, but still not a fun position to be in as a DFS player. No one wants to hear their states name thrown around in this context these days.

  • yoteach

    • Blogger of the Month

    @theseige said...

    Honestly all of these threads are misguided… AGs are being asked to make legal opinions on what law is now from state legislatures looking to put in pro-DFS laws… These opinions carry no legal weight and their is no indication that they are going to ask a court to have sites stop operating within their borders

    People should be contacting state reps to get pro DFS laws, the AGs as a whole won’t base decisions on people emailing/calling with pro-DFS takes

    I agree, and I think it’s one of the many reasons why having a grassroots player’s alliance is important to mobilize support the correct way. I’m a professor and like to at least imagine that I am savvy politically, but my experience in the lobbying realm is nonexistent. In crafting my testimony last week, it was great to have a seasoned guy with lobbying experience to vet it.

  • pootnami

    @theseige said...

    Honestly all of these threads are misguided… AGs are being asked to make legal opinions on what law is now from state legislatures looking to put in pro-DFS laws… These opinions carry no legal weight and their is no indication that they are going to ask a court to have sites stop operating within their borders

    People should be contacting state reps to get pro DFS laws, the AGs as a whole won’t base decisions on people emailing/calling with pro-DFS takes

    Explain “carry no legal weight” to the New York AG. Seems to me he has plenty.

  • actingnurse

    and he was promptly put on hold as well…

  • actingnurse

    Abbott said back in Oct that he has zero issues with daily fantasy and doesn’t view it as gambling… everyone needs to blow up his twitter and/or facebook. While some of his decisions are slightly paranoid – he does back up and do what he says he’ll do.

  • pootnami

    @actingnurse said...

    and he was promptly put on hold as well…

    To say “their is no indication they are going to ask a court to have sites stop operating” isn’t accurate in New York’s situation.

  • Stevej2344

    All I am saying in regards to Texas is that if a person wants to stay elected in that state, it usually is not accomplished by creating more and more regulations. I personally believe that the state is safe and DFS as a whole, but understand why people are concerned. Think about how New York went down though. DK and FD are still operating and DK was still operating at times when FD was spooked of the legal ramifications. Seems to me that these companies are taking the threats by the AGs seriously by hiring all sorts of legal help, yet there is an ACTUAL LAW that protects DFS so FD and DK know they still have an upper hand. I think the AG in New York was just trying to spark a fire nationwide and by doing so he now has the opinions of many who have no idea how to play DFS or the amount of skill and time that is actually required to be profitable. The media has also not helped either as they continue to report on polls that state this certain % of americans say DFS is gambling and this % doesnt but they wont tell you the qualifications and specifics of those who took part in the surveys. In other words, be concerned as players, but also be strong and confident that OUR COMMUNITY has the upper hand no matter how many smoke n mirrors Schneiderman put in front of people’s faces. Also the player association is def something we should all be apart of regardless of our opinions. Thank you RG for providing us the chance to be heard.

  • theseige

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    @pootnami said...

    Explain “carry no legal weight” to the New York AG. Seems to me he has plenty.

    His situation is completely different, he on his own (no legisators asked him for an opinion) issued cease and desist letters to DK and FD saying his interpretation of law meant they couldn’t operate

    Texas or IL AG offering an opinion to the legislature isn’t binding, and there is no indication that either AG will issue cease and desist letters to the sites. Barring that this should have no day-to-day impact on DFS

    Edit: IL AG did issue cease and desist but she didn’t have a choice once she gave an opinion, DFS sites will sue in court and i would imagine both sides will stall until legislature makes case moot

  • Stevej2344

    I know I am talking way too much and this is probably my last post for another year, but I wanted to highlight on one of the RG Daily Podcasts that was released around the time when Schneiderman first reared his ugly head. Dan Back (Spelling? sorry lol) or DB made the comment that Schneiderman’s argument towards DFS as gambling contained a comment by the AG that season longs for real money were not gambling because THEY DO in fact require skill. Anyone who has played somewhat consistently on ANY SITE FOR ANY SPORT knows that is completely ridiculous as DFS requires much much much more skill than season long, although BOTH do require skill. DB seemed to believe that this statement would ultimately be a factor in the collapse of Schneiderman’s case against DFS and I have no reason to disagree and thank him for shedding light on that. Again, I am no legal expert and hell, I still make plenty of mistakes playing DFS, but I am sure that if we as a community take these threats seriously, but do not panic we will prevail. Remember guys, we have an actual law that protects us. Ironically it destroyed online poker, but I just can’t see DFS going away EVER. Too much popularity, too much support, and too much money that the states could be making on taxes by allowing the games to continue. Texas does not have a state tax so it will indeed be interesting, but DFS should be safe regardless of a few AG’s conflicting opinions, especially if the people deciding on these cases are forced to take the time to play a few slates or at the very least make an effort to understand how different contests work with one another to create profitability, like something as simple as a player covering tournament entries with cash games. When it comes to Schneiderman, Vegas, or anyone else who stands in the way of our enjoyment/money making, THEY HATE US CUZ THEY AINT US (yes, I love me some Dave Skylark). Apologies if my thoughts are naive or oversimplified, but we should be a lot more confident than how it seems a lot of players are acting towards this issue.

  • Jizzum

    Could this to be the last seasons of DFS?…..Like the Hot Girl/guy some of us use to date don’t we wish we F#$*@! the shit out of them as much as we could before it ended so just be grateful if you in a state that allows it and play the shit outta it!!! you never know when its gonna be gone and wishing u did a few more times.
    What really needs to be done is DK/FD start taking care of the people that are making these decisions. How the Fuk they were not taken care of already is careless. If you don’t put $ in their pockets why would they care? Politics101
    I know they trying now but too late obviously
    Who you think is greasy these Old white guys to put a stop to DFS….In Ca weeks ago these politicians formed a committee for DFS= old white guys with their hands out to who will give the most $$$$ to protect their interest. Talk/emails/dfs players ban together,.. don’t matter its all about the $$$$!
    The fact that DFS grew so big so fast and did not grease political pockets(SMH) this shit was coming anyways. Any1 here thinks poker a game of skill? Well I do also but shit we can’t play that legally online either. One day I may be going through my local bookie to pay 30% juice to put in my DFS line up lol.
    Anyone that makes a lot of $$$ legal or illegal knows you must “take care $$$$” certain people/groups/lobbyist to ensure your biz stays in tact if you don’t know ur an idiot for thinking you can make lots of $$$$ with out people with power to hate on you and try & take your biz down because they didn’t get their cut.
    Take advantage of what u got when u got it.

    IMO agree to agree

    HawaiinHoney+JetFuel Shatter(DR.Greenthumb)+bowlrip(5min later)= get into the creative zone

  • dwbuz

    Dallas morning news has a pretty decent article. Sorry no link. Also read about Paxton the ag. He is in an interesting situation himself.

  • munkebiz8

    Where was the banner on the top of the home page about Illinois?
    http://news.yahoo.com/illinois-attorney-general-says-fantasy-sports-contests-gambling-003229925—finance.html
    Texas is the only state RG is worried about? This is all happening just because a few cheating employees had to shine a huge spotlight on this whole industry. Soon it will be all gone.

  • deactivated84892

    There sure are a lot of doomsday preppers in DFS.

    As a Texas resident, I’m not too concerned about DFS legality. There’s the Jerry Jones factor, for one. And most other states that we’ve seen ban DFS have been pressured by casinos.. Texas is not a casino state.

    I am still proactively taking every measure to express my support for DFS to congressman.

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