We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. As of Friday, companies like FanDuel and DraftKings were still allowing New York users to enter their contests, which award cash prizes to winning users who compile a roster of professional. DraftKings rallied as much as 8.8% on Wednesday after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed legislation to allow for mobile sports gambling in the state. The move stands to make New York the most.
If you’re in New Jersey, you have access to DraftKings Sportsbook. Here’s a rundown of where you can find DraftKings for sports betting now and in the future.
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Here are the states where you can find DraftKings:
DraftKings in NJ
The well-dressed DraftKings NJ sports betting platform operates under the license of Resorts Atlantic City, but it’s available across web and mobile channels statewide. As long as you’re in the state, you can wager.
The product is perhaps more polished and market-ready than we expected from DraftKings. The company was, after all, solely a daily fantasy sports outfit until May 2018.
It was the first online sportsbook in the state and currently is the biggest in terms of revenue.
DraftKings in West Virginia
DraftKings Sportsbook announced a deal in December 2018 to operate WV sports betting via mobile. DraftKings partnered with Penn National Gaming, which runs Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
DraftKings Sportsbook went live in WV in August, around the same time as rival FanDuel launched. While West Virginia is a relatively small state, it’s still important for DraftKings to expand everywhere it can.
DraftKings in Indiana
The third state for the DraftKings Sportsbook app was Indiana. It was one of the first two sportsbook apps to go live in the state on Oct. 3.
Indiana is not a huge state, but it’s notable for its proximity to several large cities where sports betting is not yet legal, including Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville.
Land-based DraftKings Sportsbooks
There are currently two land-based DraftKings Sportsbooks in the US:
- DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, in New Jersey
- DraftKings Sportsbook at Scarlet Pearl Resort in Mississippi.
States that may have DraftKings Sportsbooks in the future
Potential for growth is capped in the short term, however. While FanDuel has racked up market-access partnerships throughout the country, DraftKings is still pretty lean on that front.
Here’s the list of states in which you might see the next DraftKings Sportsbook pop up, and it’s not a very long one:
Apart from NJ, New York is the only other state in which DraftKings has a confirmed point of entry. It announced a partnership with Del Lago in July 2018 that covers both retail and online/mobile operations. If that materializes, Del Lago could end up christening the first on-property, DraftKings-branded sportsbook in the country.
That’s all well and good, except NY sports betting is not yet in place. Voters approved the activity for four commercial casinos in 2013, but regulators have lagged on implementation. What’s more: that existing law excludes online/mobile wagering, so a new one likely will be required before the DraftKings Sportsbook app launches in NY.
Recent rumblings create some cause for optimism on the retail side, but the timeline for NY sports betting is still very much up in the air.
Pennsylvania is a little closer to becoming an online sports betting state than its neighbor. Full legalization came late in 2017, and launch arrived in November 2018.
DraftKings figures to be a candidate to partner with one of the PA casinos, but it would have limited ability to fully leverage its brand. State regulations permit each casino to deploy just a single online/mobile platform displaying its own logo. Each may only use one sports betting partner.
About half of the 13 prospective licensees are off the board, it appears:
- SugarHouse/Rivers: Owned by Rush Street, which has a partnership with Kambi. That’s DraftKings’ supplier, too, but there’s no indication it is part of the deal.
- Parx: Recently announced that it will use GAN to power its operations. It works with Kambi as well.
- Presque Isle/Lady Luck: Both will soon be operated by Churchill Downs, which has established a partnership with SBTech.
- Harrah’s: Parent company Caesars has an NJ partnership with Scientific Games that figures to carry across the border.
It’s also impossible to pin down a timeline for the launch of online PA sports betting, but it’s coming sometime in 2019.
This one could be interesting, since Nevada is one of the few states in which daily fantasy sports is explicitly prohibited as a skill game. DraftKings is a sports betting company now, though, an activity that is very much legal and thriving in the Silver State.
It has generally seemed unlikely that DraftKings would pursue Nevada sports betting, but nothing is a given anymore. The company recently announced plans to open an office in Las Vegas, which at least draws a raise of the eyebrow. DraftKings wouldn’t pay for a license to offer DFS as a “gambling” game, but might it do so in the world of widespread sports betting?
It’s also worth noting that CG Technologies is being pushed out of the Nevada market amid a string of gaming violations. Either it or the many sportsbooks it serves will need to find a replacement supplier, and a shiny new option has just become available courtesy of DraftKings.
File that last bit of evidence in the circumstantial folder.
Any state with legal sports betting should be considered a candidate for a DraftKings Sportsbook, really. In this post-PASPA world, company executives have made no secrets about their ambitions.
Rhode Island and Delaware have both legalized sports betting, too. Neither operates mobile betting, however, although it is legal in Delaware. The industries in both states are administered by state-chosen suppliers under the lottery’s direction.
It looks like the states broken down above represent the complete list of candidates for DraftKings Sportsbook in the short term. Despite its early lead, it’s even possible that it could still be stuck in only NJ and Mississippi when the calendar ticks over.
At least they have Barkley.
[toc]The battle between New York state and daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel appears to be over.
$12 million to settle NY case
The office of NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that DraftKings and FanDuel reached separate $6 million settlements to resolve “lawsuits alleging false and deceptive advertising practices by the companies.”
“Today’s settlements make it clear that no company has a right to deceive New Yorkers for its own profit,” Schneiderman said in a press release announcing the settlements. “DraftKings and FanDuel will now be required to operate with greater transparency and disclosure and to permanently end the misrepresentations they made to millions of consumers. These agreements will help ensure that both companies operate, honestly and lawfully in the future.”
According to the AG’s office, the “agreements impose the highest New York penalty awards for deceptive advertising in recent memory.”
The settlements are payable over the course of the next three years; half will be due for the final payment in 2019.
It’s the second time the AG’s office and the two sites agreed to a settlement. The first time, DraftKings and FanDuel agreed to pull out of the state while the legislature and governor worked on a bill that was eventually enacted this summer.
Ahead of that settlement, Schneiderman alleged that the two companies were running afoul of the state’s laws on gambling.
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Inside the DFS settlements
The settlements — which were signed by DraftKings CEO Jason Robins and FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles — can be seen here and here.
More from the AG’s office:
The agreements also require sweeping reforms to the companies’ marketing, including clear disclosure of terms and conditions for marketing promotions, expected winnings, and expected performance in the online contests, as well as resources for players at risk for compulsive gaming disorders, including addiction.
Furthermore, the companies will be required to maintain a webpage that provides information about the rate of success of users in its contests, including the percentage of winnings captured by the top 1%, 5% and 10% of players.
Both settlements state early on that the AG’s office found that each site “misled customers on key aspects of its games.” From a legal standpoint, the sites neither admit to nor deny the findings outlined by the AG’s office.
But the settlements cover a wide behavior by the two sites, including inaccurate advertising of win rates by players, portraying professional DFS players as “regular Joes” and issues with how they presented deposit bonuses.
The settlements also touch on a lack of problem gambling protocols:
FanDuel identified and targeted users with a propensity for gambling and addiction, but failed to disclose the risks of playing its contests or provide adequate safeguards.
The same passage appears in the DraftKings version.
FanDuel and DraftKings statements
A DraftKings spokesperson released this statement after the settlement:
“Today’s settlement concludes the process that we began with the New York Attorney General’s office last March. We are pleased to move forward and as our business continues to grow, we are focused on ensuring that millions of passionate sports fans across the country are able to continue engaging in an innovative way with the sports and athletes they love.
We are grateful for the support we’ve received from hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, leading to a regulatory framework for fantasy sports that was confirmed by New York lawmakers and Governor Cuomo last summer. ”
FanDuel spokesperson Justine Sacco offered this statement:
We have reached a settlement with the New York Attorney General today. As previously stated, the negotiations were tough but fair, but we are very pleased to have reached a resolution as this allows us to focus on our busiest time of year with NFL, NHL and soccer in full swing, and NBA season starting tonight. We look forward to providing sports fans, especially our New York users, the contests they love.
Why now for the settlement?
The case was headed to court in the near future, according to a report from the New York Times, if it was not settled.
That explains the timing of the settlement; there’s no point to taking it to court if the DFS operators wanted to settle out of court.
It doesn’t explain the why, however. Six million dollars a piece seems like a lot of money to agree to pay for false advertising claims, if you think you have any case whatsoever. As always, the possibility of a merger of the two sites might necessitate getting rid of as many legal issues as feasible.
Part of the dynamic in the state — and with Schneiderman — is a new lawsuit alleging that the fantasy sports law enacted by the state government is unconstitutional.
In a bit of irony, Schneiderman — who has been the biggest enemy of the DFS industry — will be in charge of defending the law in court. Previously, Schneiderman had argued that daily fantasy sports violates the state constitution.
Other lawsuits/legal problems still hanging around
The New York case is far from the end of legal issues hanging over the DFS industry:
- DraftKings and FanDuel filed lawsuits in Illinois, taking issue with an opinion from AG Lisa Madigan.
- DraftKings filed a suit challenging a legal opinion by Texas AG Ken Paxton. FanDuel reached a settlement in the state.
- A consolidated class action lawsuit against DraftKings and FanDuel is still pending.
The settlement in New York at least opens up the possibility that other states could leverage their truth in advertising laws to take DraftKings and FanDuel to task as well.
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That’s not to mention the legality of DFS remains an unsettled matter of law in states around the country. DraftKings and FanDuel have pulled out of several states in the past year because of legal concerns.
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