Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued an opinion that the operations of daily fantasy sports wagering sites such as those operated by Draft Kings, FanDuel and Yahoo! are illegal.
Madigan said the games are not legal, her opinion noting that “all games of chance or skill, when played for money, are illegal gambling in Illinois, unless excepted.”
Her opinion states Illinois “exempts only those who actually engage in a bona fide contest for the determination of skill, speed, strength, or endurance, and not a daily fantasy sports contest participant who pays a fee to build a ‘team’ and who may win a prize based on the statistical performance of particular athletes. In this regard, persons whose wagers depend upon how particular, selected athletes perform in actual sporting events stand in no different stead than persons who wager on the outcome of any sporting event in which they are not participants.”
Fan Duel and Draft Kings have both filed suit against Madigan, asking a court to declare that the games are not illegal and authorized under Illinois law.