Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton got it right Jan. 19 when he said big-time daily fantasy sports betting is illegal in Texas.
Now it turns out that one of the nation’s two big online daily fantasy sports operations apparently agrees — but, sadly, the other one doesn’t.
FanDuel and rival DraftKings hold the lion’s share of the multibillion-dollar daily fantasy sports market.
FanDuel said Friday that it will stop accepting paid entries for cash prizes in Texas starting May 2. Later Friday, DraftKings sued Paxton in a bid to continue operating in the state.
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Long term, the outcome could end up the same for both: a push to change Texas law.
Two key parts of that law led to Paxton’s opinion, one that says it’s gambling if chance plays a role in the wager, and another that allows awards only to “actual contestants” in a game of skill.
Paxton says chance plays a big role in daily fantasy sports, and the “actual contestants” are the sports players on the field. Lawmakers could change those definitions.