What Are The States Where You Can Play Daily Fantasy Sports?

Where can I play DFS?

As the sports betting industry continues to evolve in the US, so do daily fantasy sports contests and the companies that offer them. The availability of DFS products can vary from state to state, as some locales allow companies such as PrizePicks or Underdog to offer their full menu of contests, while 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 DFS platforms, and in 2023, seven states banned pick’em-style contests that mimic prop betting.

Read below to find out which states allow daily fantasy sports, which ones don’t, and everything in between.

State-by-state DFS eligibility

Information comes from DFS companies directly or from their terms of use. Sites often change the states they serve with little warning.

Here is a map that gives an overview of the availability of DFS in each state:

Daily fantasy sports sites by state

Underdog Pick’em

PrizePicks Pick’em

Betr Picks

FanDuel

DraftKings

ParlayPlay

AlabamaYes (free product)Yes (arena product)NoYesYesYes
AlaskaYesYesYesYesYesYes
ArizonaYes (free product)YesNoYesYesNo
ArkansasYes (sent cease and desist)Yes (sent cease and desist)YesYesYesYes
CaliforniaYesYesYesYesYesYes
ColoradoYesYes (free product)NoYesYesNo
ConnecticutNoNoNoNoNoNo
DelawareNoNoNoYesYesNo
FloridaYes (arena product)Yes (arena product)NoYesYesNo
GeorgiaYesYesYesYesYesYes
HawaiiNoNoNoNoNoNo
IdahoNoNoNoNoNoNo
IllinoisYesYesYesYesYesYes
IndianaYesYesNoYesYesNo
IowaNoNoNoYesYesNo
KansasNoYesYesYesYesYes
KentuckyYesYesYesYesYesYes
Louisiana*NoNoNoYesYesNo
MaineNoNoNoYesYesNo
MarylandNoNoNoYesYesNo
MassachusettsYes (free product)YesNoYesYesNo
MichiganNoYes (free product)NoYesYesNo
MinnesotaYesYesYesYesYesYes
MississippiYes (free product)NoNoYesYesNo
MissouriYesNoNoYesYesNo
MontanaNoNoNoNoNoNo
NebraskaYesYesYesYesYesYes
NevadaNoNoNoNoNoNo
New HampshireNoNoNoYesYesNo
New JerseyNoNoNoYesYesNo
New MexicoYesYesYesYesYesYes
New YorkYesYes (free product)NoYesYesNo
North CarolinaYes (sportsbook product)NoYesYesYesYes
North DakotaYesYesYesYesYesYes
OhioNoNoNoYesYesNo
OklahomaYesYesYesYesYesYes
OregonYesYesYesYesYesYes
PennsylvaniaNoNoNoYesYesNo
Rhode IslandYesYesYesYesYesYes
South CarolinaYesYesYesYesYesYes
South DakotaYesYesYesYesYesYes
TennesseeYes (free product)Yes (arena product)NoYesYesNo
TexasYesYesYesYesYesYes
UtahYesYesYesYesYesYes
VermontYesYesYesYesYesNo
VirginiaYesYesNoYesYesYes
WashingtonNoNoNoNoNoNo
Washington, D.C.YesYesYesYesYesYes
West Virginia
YesYes (arena product)NoYesYesYes
WisconsinYesYesYesYesYesYes
WyomingYes (free product)Yes (arena product)YesYesYesYes

It’s worth noting that these are not necessarily states where daily fantasy sports are illegal to play. The DFS legal picture is complex and ambiguous, as a snapshot of the approach that major platforms take to blocking states quickly reveals. Note: Louisiana allows DFS sites, but only in select parishes. Please verify that the parish you are in allows DFS before signing up. 

  • Legalized as of 2024

Daily Fantasy Promo Codes

Daily fantasy sports contests are available in many states nationwide. Learn more about DFS and the available promotions and bonus codes from companies like PrizePicks, Underdog, and Betr Picks by clicking the links below.

DFS policies of major operators

What determines whether a daily fantasy provider is available 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 such states, though, you may still have access to sweepstakes sportsbooks.

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 providers to obtain a license. That is why FanDuel and DraftKings are live in Iowa but other companies are not.

The types of services that a DFS app offers are also a determining factor. Multiple states have recently banned pick’em style games or contests that mimic prop betting. 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 that have outlawed pick’em-style contests, 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

AlabamaDFS regulations
ArizonaDFS regulations
ArkansasDFS regulations
ColoradoDFS regulations
DelawareDFS regulations
IndianaDFS regulations
IowaDFS regulations
KansasDFS regulations
MaineDFS regulations
MarylandDFS regulations
MassachusettsDFS regulations
MississippiDFS regulations
MissouriDFS regulations
MontanaDFS regulations
New HampshireDFS regulations
New JerseyDFS regulations
New YorkDFS regulations
OhioDFS regulations
PennsylvaniaDFS regulations
TennesseeDFS regulations
VermontDFS regulations
VirginiaDFS regulations
West VirginiaDFS regulations

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 its disagreement with the ruling, FanDuel decided to try to 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 Picks and PrizePicks have been offering contests in the Lone Star State, and users haven’t seemed to have any problem participating.

Colorado and pick’em apps

Colorado is the latest state to challenge pick’em contests, as the fantasy sports saga continues. PrizePicks had sent emails to its customer base asking them to take a stand, with lawmakers deciding the fate of whether PrizePicks will continue to provide its player-versus-house service. Colorado has already seen its fair share of daily fantasy sports shakeups. In 2023, Underdog Fantasy’s launch of player-versus-house pick’em games led to a ban within the state. LSR will continue to monitor the changes in Colorado.

Underdog starts NC sports betting app

Underdog launching the Underdog Sportsbook, the first of its kind, in North Carolina could be a signal for the future. The company terminated its fantasy pick’-em product in the lead-up to the 2024 launch of legal sports betting in NC.

Could other DFS companies follow suit with the strategy? It remains to be seen if products like Sleeper Sportsbook could be on the horizon, following the blueprint of sports betting giants DraftKings and FanDuel from DFS to sports betting.

Daily fantasy sports FAQ

Do major sites offer college DFS contests?

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 companies 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 providers now offer college sports contests. It does, however, depend on the rules in your particular state.

In what states is Underdog Fantasy available?

Underdog has multiple models, so availability depends on what model you want to use. Underdog draft fantasy is available in every state except Michigan, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Louisiana, Iowa, Delaware, and Connecticut. You can find pick’em-style games, meanwhile, in all states except for CT, DE, HI, ID, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MI, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NC, OH, PA, and WA.

In what states is PrizePicks available?

PrizePicks pick’em is available in the following states: AK, AR, CA, DC, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MN, NE, NM, NC, ND, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, VA, WI. Contestants must be 21 or older in AZ and MA. The company’s pick’em arena is available in AL, TN, WV, and WY, and its free product is in CO, MI, and NY.

In what states is Betr Picks available?

Betr Picks is available in AK, AR, CA, DC, GA, IL, KY, MN, NE, NM, NC, ND, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, WI, and WY.