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Georgia AG Says DFS is Illegal Gambling

By March 1, 2016 No Comments
Georgia DFS Illegal 2016

If you live in Georgia, we've got some bad news.

The attorney general of Georgia believes that DFS is considered illegal gambling under state law. This comes from a letter obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

With Georgia reaching this conclusion they become the 8th state to do so (including Nevada, which requires a gambling license to be issued).

The letter indicates that this is the AG's "formal advice" and not an official ruling on DFS in the state. But it certainly doesn't look good for the future.

Also, a DFS regulatory bill that had advanced through the Senate committee, now appears shelved. Aka, the bill is dead at the moment.

DraftKings released the following statement, which we found via LegalSportsReport.com:

“We are disappointed that the Georgia Lottery Corporation is seeking to bar Georgia citizens from continuing to enjoy the fantasy sports they love.There is no legal or other basis for depriving Georgians of this popular recreational activity. DFS is a legitimate business activity that has operated openly and permissibly in Georgia for years.  It is the citizens of Georgia, through their elected representatives, who should decide whether they can continue to enjoy fantasy sports. DraftKings will therefore support legislation that regulates fantasy sports with thoughtful and appropriate consumer protections, and we urge Georgians to tell their elected representatives that they want to be able to continue to enjoy fantasy sports. “

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Nick Schreck

Nick Schreck

I’m a simple man with simple pleasures. As someone who’s always approached life with the attitude that things could be worse, I’ve had an awesome time so far. I've been a fantasy addict for nearly a decade, and I've loved every second of it.

For the record, I never actually played football. I have no doubt that I would get crushed running across the middle for a pass, every single time.
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