Washington State players are now restricted to free games 11

We regret to announce that we are no longer able to accept paying players from Washington state.

We constantly monitor the legal environment in which we operate. This means in the last 2 years we were able to open up to two previously restricted states, Maryland and Vermont, who passed legislation allowing fantasy sports.

However in a recent legal review our lawyers have advised us that we should exit Washington for paid games. Note, there is no specific event that has caused us to make this change. This means Washington joins Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana and Montana on the list of states that we must restrict. The change now brings our list of excluded states in line with major fantasy providers like CBS Sports.

The restriction affects both new and existing players.

We sympathize with players in Washington who have enjoyed playing for real money on FanDuel. We are currently working with the Fantasy Sports Trade Association to get the laws changed or clarified in these five restricted states. In the meantime we invite you to enjoy free games on FanDuel, and of course to withdraw your account balance if you have one.

11 thoughts on “Washington State players are now restricted to free games

  1. Reply soulstealer Feb 12, 2014 5:10 pm

    Is Fanduel run by Broncos fans? ha

  2. Reply Zach Feb 12, 2014 5:30 pm

    Effective as of? I have some money on tonight… Is that still ok?

  3. Reply Bill Feb 12, 2014 5:47 pm

    Can I play the games I already paid for tonight? And spend the rest of my balance tonight?

  4. Reply jay Feb 12, 2014 6:16 pm

    oh wow this is sad news. i hope other states will not follow this protocol.

  5. Reply Jared Feb 12, 2014 6:39 pm

    Awesome…We can smoke pot but we can’t play fantasy sports…Jeezzz

  6. Reply J.J. Feb 12, 2014 7:08 pm

    Way to go lawmakers in Washington! In a state where you can now get stoned all you want, you cant play fantasy sports for money. Just another example of what is wrong with this world. Makes zero since.

  7. Reply DMH_in_WA Feb 12, 2014 10:16 pm

    Instead of people getting on a platform or just bitching, why not do something constructive? It’s not that DFS has been outlawed in WA State. It’s that they have not made a legal decision to allow them.

    WA State is still operating under a sports betting rule that was written in something like 1973. If you want it to change, then go to the WA State Gambling Commission site and file a petition for rule change to get DFS designated as a game of skill and to be recognized as a legal form of wagering. The more of us that do this (and do it seriously), the faster we can hopefully get the laws changed.

    Website is: http://www.wsgc.wa.gov/rules/rule-change.aspx

  8. Reply babesbombers Feb 13, 2014 7:30 am

    Wow I was thinking of moving there not anymore!

  9. Reply Public_disturbance Feb 13, 2014 7:44 am

    Feels like I lost a good friend today. Glad I am grandfathered into sportsbook. I may save money in the long run but the excitement was well worth the expense.

  10. Reply Nigel Eccles Feb 13, 2014 10:20 am

    Here is a more complete breakdown of the issues with Washington state.

    Firstly, Washington statute defines a contest of chance as “any contest… in which the outcome depends in a material degree upon an element of chance, notwithstanding that skill of the contestants may also be a factor therein.” RCW § 9.46.0225. So in Washington a game may be considered a game of chance (and therefore gambling) if chance has a material factor in the outcome of the game.

    However a bigger factor is that Washington state gaming commission has taken a very broad (and in our view incorrect) view of their gaming laws. The commission believes that office pools, brackets and fantasy sports are gambling activities and are illegal in the state. See: http://www.wsgc.wa.gov/faq/sports-wagering.aspx

    The gaming commission did contact another fantasy sports operator last year which then subsequently excluded the state. However they have never been in contact with us. As stated in the blog post there was no specific action that caused us to take this action. However as our company grows and matures we do have to review and sometimes amend earlier policy.

    We did a full review of all 50 states and Washington was the only one that we identified as problematic.

    I sympathize with users that are based in Washington. We are currently supporting the FSTA to get a bill through in Iowa that would explicitly legalize fantasy sports there. That is looking promising. We want to do the same in Washington but we’ve struggled to find a sympathetic representative. If you have any connections there or you are based in Washington and you think your local representative may be interested then please get in touch.

  11. Reply ed Feb 20, 2014 7:41 pm

    Can you play from north and south carolina ?

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