Washington State Confirms Illegality Of DFS Within State Boundaries
The question as to whether daily fantasy sports is real money gambling is far from settled. While most U.S. states permit fantasy sports there are a few states like Washington State that not only forbid bans fantasy sports but also will actively go after those engaging in this ever popular pastime.
With the NFL season about to kick off, the Washington State Gambling Commission has sent out a friendly reminder to tie citizens that daily fantasy sports still fall under the ban of RCW 9.46.240 that prohibits online gambling in Washington State. In terms of the Washington State Constitution all gambling activities are prohibited unless specifically authorized by the State law.
According to Washington State law ass online gambling is illegal and this prohibition includes, operating an Internet gambling site, online gambling, installing or maintain equipment to send or receive gambling information and facilitating Internet gambling in any way.
The Commission went on to explain that despite the fact that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) provides an exemption for fantasy sports, it does not alter the state law which prohibits fantasy sports betting, “Fantasy sports wagering falls under Washington State law’s definition of gambling – risking something of value on the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under the person’s control or influence to receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.Fantasy sports wagering usually takes place online and online gambling is not authorized in Washington State (RCW 9.46.240).”