Hawaii Attorney General Joins Peers In Declaring DFS Illegal In Aloha State
Hawaii has become the latest US state to declare daily fantasy sports illegal gambling. Following other states like Texas, New York, Illinois and Nevada, the door is closing on DraftKings and FanDuel in the Aloha State.
Much like other states, the opinion on the legality comes after a legal opinion was requested by state Senator Rosalyn Baker to Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin.
In the statement Chin said,” 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. The technology may have changed, but the vice has not.”
As it stands the legal situation for DFS operators has still not been banned on a federal level. The individual states have the right to ban the sites but on the federal level it is still classified as a game of skill except in Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Washington. This latest ruling simply means that like in New York the door has opened for criminal and civil enforcement by the likes of the Attorney General. The legal wrangling however is still ongoing and no final decision has been made.
DraftKings has announced they will leave Hawaii as a result of Chin’s opinion. In a statement they said,” While we disagree with the attorney general’s opinion because daily fantasy sports are games of skill permitted under Hawaii law, we are hopeful our constructive engagement with Hawaii legislators will promptly address the issue so that our loyal fans can continue to enjoy the games they love without anyone questioning the legality of their conduct,”