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A screen grab from the Draft Kings fantasy sports web site.
Robins cites an exemption in a 2006 federal law for fantasy sports that he believes allow his site and others including FanDuel to offer contests that normally spanned an entire season down to a single day. He said the casino industry sees fantasy sports as a potential partner “to grow both of our businesses.”
The legal stance by Jason Robins of DraftKings that daily fantasy sports leagues are not a chance-based gamble has done nothing to tamp down what has become an intensifying national debate around the country.
Macias said the company takes a multilayered approach to check age and identity. The midlevel content manager later won $350,000 at rival site FanDuel that same week, the Times reported.
Robins, though, implied there should be no confusing his operation for a casino’s. “This screams and cries out for regulation,” said sports betting law expert Dan Wallach during a different panel at the gambling conference, who suggested it could be a haven for money laundering.
“If it’s gray, our job is to make it black and white,” said Geoff Freeman, the association’s president and CEO. Daily fantasy sports allows online players to pick a roster of point-earning players from various teams for a single day of competition and win money, in some cases $1 million.
The allegations, which amount to profiting from insider trading, have brought into question the practices of the fantasy sports industry.
Signing up for a DraftKings account involves choosing a username, providing an email address, clicking a box that says the person is older than 18 or 19, depending on the state, and providing credit card information.
The daily fantasy sports industry has gone to great lengths to distance itself from traditional sports wagering. “A rose is a rose.”
The debate was a hot topic of conversation at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.
He didn’t say where that number came from and didn’t take questions after the moderated panel discussion to clarify, walking quickly out a side door as reporters asked questions. He said his industry is much more likely to attract customers who play chess and the stock market than people who make bets at sports books.
Two major fantasy sports companies are under fire over allegations that amount to insider trading, the New York Times reported Monday night.
“Fantasy is real gambling,” said Dennis Drazin, chairman of New Jersey’s Monmouth Park Racetrack, during a panel discussion. “It isn’t that different from the stock market.”
Observers, though, believe that after spending hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising during football games, the spotlight on the daily fantasy sports industry may ultimately lead lawmakers and regulators to keep a closer watch.
On the question of money laundering, DraftKings referred questions to a statement from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association that said the sites have “instituted monitoring systems to identify and prevent fraudulent or suspicious transactions.”
The debate comes as the websites have flooded the airwaves with commercials in recent months touting how average fans became overnight millionaires by playing daily fantasy leagues. DraftKings spokeswoman Sabrina Macias said later that the number is based on internal research.. games. The NFL agrees with their legal stance.
Many in the highly regulated casino industry insist daily fantasy sports leagues are gambling sites, shouldn’t be treated any differently than traditional sports betting and, as a result, should be regulated. Others suggest the sites could be a potential haven for money-laundering.
Robins said fewer than 15 percent of the people using his site bet on sports the traditional way, either legally or illegally.
“It’s really the same type of person who, on the game side, likes chess,” Robins said. The CEO of the ubiquitous DraftKings website made no effort to get cozy as he sat in front of a crowd of casino executives at a trade show last week in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, a New Jersey congressman has asked for a hearing on the legal status of daily fantasy sports, the commissioner of the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference has barred daily fantasy site ads on the SEC Network, and the casino industry’s American Gaming Association is looking into the industry as part of a broader look at legalizing sports betting beyond a few states.
An employee with one of the companies, DraftKings, admitted last week to inadvertently releasing data before the start of the third week of N.F.L