Texas attorney general opinion says FanDuel, DraftKings illegal gambling operations in state

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AUSTIN, TX – Purveyors of online fantasy sports betting sites, and the folks who run those sites in Texas, have been sent packing.

State attorney general Ken Paxton says daily fantasy sports sites like FanDuel and DraftKings amount to illegal gambling under Texas laws.

Paxton wrote in his opinion that betting on the performance of a participant in a sporting event, with the house taking a cut, is prohibited gambling in Texas.

“Paid daily ‘fantasy sports’ operators claim they can legally operate as an unregulated house, but none of their arguments square with existing Texas law.”

Attorneys general in New York and Illinois have also said these daily games are illegal in their states.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fired off a tweet to Paxton, saying the opinion is a disappointment and that Paxton does not represent the views of Texans.

No one from the Dallas Cowboys has comment, but they team may find they’re guilty of an illegal procedure because of their DraftKings-branded fantasy sports lounge at AT&T Stadium and their agreement to have the DraftKings on the Cowboys online, television, and radio networks.

Paxton said the traditional fantasy sports leagues, like those set up by the NFL or your co-worker in the next cubicle, are okay because they’re played over the course of a season and there’s no house to take a cut.

Be on the lookout for some campaign cash to come to Texas pretty soon. And that’s no fantasy.

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