Hawaii Attorney General: Daily Fantasy Sports Is Gambling Under State Law

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Hawaii AG says DFS illegal

The Hawaii Attorney General has issued an opinion that daily fantasy sports constitutes gambling under state law.

Read the statement and full opinion from Hawaii AG Doug Chin here.

“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,” said Chin.

As Chin notes in his statement, Hawaii has (by most measures) one of the least forgiving definitions of gambling among the 50 states.

Hawaii joins a long – and growing – list of state officials weighing in on the matter:

In addition, nearly 20 states are considering a legislative answer to the DFS question. See our full bill tracker here.

Today, lawmakers in California and Florida both advanced bills that would regulate daily fantasy sports operators.

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