Where can I play DFS?
As the sports betting industry continues to evolve, so does daily fantasy sports and the companies that offer it. The legality of DFS products differs from state to state as some locales allow companies such as PrizePicks or Underdog to offer their full menu of contests, but others either have restrictions in place or don’t allow DFS at all.
The legal status of some DFS companies is a hotly contested issue in many states. Some are in the midst of legal proceedings to decide the fate of operators, while seven states have banned pick ’em style contests that mimic prop betting in 2023.
Read below to find out which states allow daily fantasy sports, which ones don’t, and everything in between.
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State-by-state DFS eligibility by operator
Here is a map that gives an overview of which operators are in which states:
Daily fantasy sports sites by state
It’s worth noting that these are not necessarily states where daily fantasy sports are illegal to play. The legal picture surrounding DFS is complex and ambiguous, as a snapshot of the approach major sites take to blocking states quickly reveals. Note: Louisiana allows DFS sites to play in the state but only in select parishes. Please verify that the parish you are in allows DFS before signing up.
- Legalized as of 2023
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Daily fantasy sports contests are available in many states nationwide. Learn more about DFS, and the available promotions and bonus codes from operators like PrizePicks, Underdog, and Betr by clicking the links below.
DFS policies of major operators
What determines whether a daily fantasy operator is legal in a given state varies based on many factors. Some states, such as Idaho and Hawaii, are straightforward in that they don’t allow any sports betting and have outlawed DFS completely.
In some instances, such as in Minnesota and Georgia, there is no legislation in place to address daily fantasy sports, so companies exist and operate in a legal gray area.
Other states, such as Iowa, have regulated DFS and require operators to obtain a license. That is why FanDuel and DraftKings are live in Iowa, but other operators are not.
The types of services that a DFS app offers are also a determining factor. States nationwide have been banning pick ’em style games or contests that mimic prop betting left and right. That rules out a site like PrizePicks from operating in some states. But Underdog Fantasy, on the other hand, offers other fantasy products that may be legal in places where pick ’em contests are outlawed, allowing the company to continue operating.
In many cases, company policy regarding banned states is not a legal determination by any arm of government. A “YES” on the chart above does not necessarily mean DFS is legal or illegal in that state, and a “NO” on the list also doesn’t guarantee that fantasy sports is legal in the state.
DFS Regulations by state
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California and daily fantasy sports
While sports betting is explicitly illegal in California, DFS is a bit of a different story. The state of California receives more DFS entries than any other state due to the status of the industry in a legal gray area.
The state has never legalized DFS or made any laws outlawing it, allowing companies such as Underdog and PrizePicks to thrive in that vacuum.
Texas and daily fantasy sports
Texas is one of the more interesting states regarding daily fantasy sports. The state Attorney General concluded early in 2016 that DFS constituted gambling. After publicly stating their disagreement with the ruling FanDuel decided to try and reach a settlement with the Attorney General while DraftKings decided to fight the opinion in court.
There has since been just one attempt to legalize DFS, which was not enacted, leaving daily fantasy in a legal gray area in Texas. In the meantime, DFS companies such as Underdog, Betr and PrizePicks have been offering contests in the Lone Star state and players don’t seem to have any problem participating.
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Do major sites offer DFS for college sports?
For a few years, the answer was no. The NCAA has been critical of daily fantasy sports contests, and many of the bills that have passed regulating DFS have specifically blocked operators from offering daily fantasy sports contests for college football, college basketball, or any amateur sporting event. However, things have changed in the post-PASPA world and many DFS apps now offer college sports DFS contests. It does, however, depend on the rules in your particular state.
What states is Underdog Fantasy available?
All states except CT, DE, HI, ID, IA, LA, MT, NV, and WA.
What states is PrizePicks available?
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MN, NE, NM, NC, ND, NY, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, VA, WI, AND WY, and Washington, DC.
What states is Betr available?
AK, AR, CA, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MN, NE, NM, NC, ND, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, WI, WY, and Washington, DC.