Daily fantasy sports is now deemed legal in New York on a 4-3 vote by the high court. DFS has been considered a game of chance and not skill.

  • New York’s high court will now allow daily fantasy sports in the state.
  • DFS has not been allowed in New York since 2016.

NEW YORK – Daily fantasy sports is making a comeback to the Empire State, New York, after it was considered unconstitutional back in 2016 by anti-gambling groups.

Fast track to the present day, just months after the state of New York regulated mobile and online sports betting, the state will now be able to offer daily fantasy sports. This comes after the high court in the state deemed that DFS are not unlawful.

In 2016, there were even lawsuits that were filed against two of the biggest names in the daily fantasy sports industry, DraftKings and FanDuel.

“Daily fantasy sports are neither games of chance, nor bets or wagers on sporting events but independent contests of skill over which the participants exert influence,” said the New York Court of Appeals.

It was also reported that the decision to overturn the law and allow DFS in New York was nowhere near a unanimous decision although they are viewing it on an equal level to poker and blackjack as a game of chance. The final vote by the court came down to the wire as it finished 4-3 in favor of the game being a game of skill, not chance.

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