Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin has stated that daily fantasy sports contests like FanDuel and DraftKings are both gambling and thus illegal under Hawaii law, according to Hawaii News Now.
Attorney General Chin further elaborated in a statement.
“Gambling generally occurs under Hawaii law when a person stakes or risks something of value upon a game of chance or upon any future contingent event not under the person’s control,” said Chin, in a news release Wednesday. “The technology may have changed, but the vice has not.”
“This is different because these are businesses that are coming in, they’re taking a cut of the entry fee that people put into it and they are also giving people the opportunity to place wagers of up to $1,000 every single day. That’s a very different kind of set than what’s considered ‘social gambling,’” Chin said.
We could give more and more quotes from various people giving their opinions on the subject, but the truth of the matter is that the debate over daily fantasy sports has gotten a bit ridiculous. Is it gambling? For all intents and purposes, yes, it is.
But the fact is that legal or no, the companies cannot be blamed for shady business activities when all they really do is provide a service. At some point or another, the responsibility needs to be placed on the individual. Some people are gambling up to $1,000 a day? OK, well what if they make enough money that they can afford that?
With each passing day, it’s looking more and more like state governments are simply upset that they don’t have a piece of the action in this case, so hopefully that can be seen if the argument ever gets taken to court.
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