What’s the deal with DFS law in the US?
The Federal Unlawful Internet Gambling And Enforcement Act (UIGEA) does not take any position on whether daily fantasy sports is legal or illegal.
That means each state in the USA can make up its own mind about permitting or banning DFS. Each state also gets to decide what types of daily fantasy sports betting are legal.
Some states do not allow any DFS betting, others allow all kinds of DFS bets and the remaining others only allow non-cash contests for points.
A US State Guide To DFS
You can use this map to see which operators offer daily fantasy sports in your area and what the current legal situation is like where you live.
Just tap a state to see more details.
State-by-State: Which DFS Sites Can I Use?
The Major Players
Here’s a rundown of the major sites where sports betting fans can make daily fantasy sports picks.
FYI, it’s important to remember that the laws around daily sports betting are seriously vague. That means that just because a site operates in a particular state, it doesn’t mean that daily sports betting is fully legal there.
The opposite is also true – if a site blocks players from specific states, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all DFS is illegal in that state.
Players in the following states are blocked from using FanDuel: Arizona, Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, Texas, Delaware and Washington
This is a decision that FanDuel have come to on their own. Daily fantasy sports in these states has not been outlawed but FanDuel feel that past legal rulings mean the states aren’t DFS betting friendly.
To avoid being punished or fined, FanDuel pulled out of these regions.
DraftKings doesn’t accept players from: Arizona, Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, Delaware and Washington
DraftKings is unavailable in the states listed above because the company has worked in cooperation with local lawmakers who have expressed the view that DFS falls under the category of gambling.
Yahoo blocks daily fantasy sports bets from players in: Arizona, Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada and Washington
Yahoo doesn’t offer daily fantasy sports in all of the states that the other major two operators are inactive in. On top of this, Yahoo also blocks players from Florida and Missouri.
The company have made this choice based on legal developments in Florida and Missouri which hint that the states look unfavorably on DFS.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bet on college sports at daily fantasy sports sites?
The short answer is no. None of the leading daily fantasy sports sites take real money bets on college sports. That’s because DraftKings and FanDuel reached an agreement with the National Collegiate Athletic Association to stop taking bets on college games.
Most of the DFS laws that do actually exist around America are clear that gambling on any college or amateur sport is illegal. This is known as the ‘amateur sports carve out’.
What’s the best way to deposit and withdraw cash on a DFS site?
All the leading online daily fantasy sports companies let you choose from a range of reliable, trusted payment methods.
The banking options which have proved to be most popular for DFS gamblers are credit and debit cards like Visa or MasterCard and eWallets like PayPal and Skrill.
Using these methods, your deposits will be instant and your withdrawals will take under 48 hours.
Is betting on DFS gambling?
All the legal confusion around daily fantasy sports betting can be traced back to this one simple question; does DFS real money betting count as gambling? Some states take the view that placing bets on daily fantasy sports requires some skill and knowledge of a particular sport or team. Other states reckon that predicting the results of sports matches is more about chance than anything else.
Seeing as most states define gambling as placing a real cash wager on an outcome determined by chance, it’s easy to see why daily fantasy sports is not looked on favorably in certain states.
Can I make daily fantasy sports bets for free/points?
Yes you can. If you’re new to the world of DFS, it could be a good idea to try out a few free contests. This type of daily fantasy sports betting doesn’t cost you anything and it’ll help you to get used to the layout of a site and the best way to place bets.