Georgia attorney general latest to say daily fantasy sports is illegal gambling

The Georgia Attorney General’s office says daily fantasy sports are currently illegal under existing state law, a stance that likely contributed to the failure of a DFS bill to advance in the state legislature on Monday.

On Monday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted a letter from deputy AG W. Wright Banks Jr. to a Georgia Lottery Corporation (GLC) lawyer expressing the sentiment that “daily fantasy sports are not authorized under Georgia law.”

The letter was written in response to a GLC request for clarification made last October, which followed letters the GLC sent to DFS operators DraftKings and FanDuel the previous month, warning them that their activities in the state appeared to be illegal.

Georgia law limits betting activity to the types offered by the GLC and defines forbidden bets as any agreement through which “dependent upon chance even though accompanied by some skill, one stands to win or lose something of value.”

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