The Florida Gaming Management Fee has stirred up a hornet’s nest in issuing three cease-and-desist letters to DFS operators. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
FGCC begins a warfare
The Florida Gaming Management Fee (FGCC) has declared warfare on three each day fantasy sport (DFS) manufacturers working within the state by sending them stop and desist letters. Based on Florida Politics, the FGCC despatched its letters to Underdog Fantasy, PrizePicks, and Betr.
CEO of Underdog Jeremy Levine shared by way of X correspondence from his legal professional confirming the FGCC’s stance that every one his agency’s DFS and decide’em video games had been unlawful:
Florida Politics cited equivalent letters signed off on by FGCC Government Director Louis Trombetta warning Underdog, PrizePicks, and Jake Paul’s Betr that their operations have crossed the line into sports betting.
Trombetta said the FGCC acquired info that the businesses could: “offer or accepting unlawful bets or wagers from Florida residents […] selling and conducting an unlawful lottery.” The letter added the alleged unlawful conduct was “strictly prohibited in Florida and constitutes felony exercise.”
Underdog, PrizePicks battle again
The FGCC’s cease-and-desist order needs Betr and the others to cease accepting all bets or wagers, selling or conducting illicit lotteries in Florida immediately. Trombetta’s message additionally got here with the specter of referring the non-compliant corporations to the Legal professional Basic for state prosecution.
Regardless of this, Levine is defiant. By way of X, the CEO mentioned Underdog would “proceed working our fantasy contests in Florida as we interact with the Fee and elected officers.” Based on Saturday Down South, PrizePicks additionally intends persevering with its Florida operations. A spokesperson for the Georgia agency took a thinly veiled dig at FanDuel and DraftKings, because it seems neither of the 2 have acquired FGCC letters regardless of their DFS choices.
PrizePicks alleges is a “smear marketing campaign”
The PrizePicks spokesperson mentioned its “bigger opponents” have intentionally unfold misinformation to US regulators. The results of what PrizePicks alleges is a “smear marketing campaign” the DFS agency argued, has “pushed inaccurate understandings of our contests and the legal guidelines governing them.”
The spokesperson added that PrizePicks was keen to satisfy Trombetta “to debate our enterprise and our skill-based gaming platform.”
Florida’s authorized chaos
Many trade specialists have weighed-in on the DFS cease-and-desist case by way of X, with cellular playing analyst Steve Brubaker calling the motivation behind it one among “greed.”
“I doubt there’s a extra grasping bunch than playing corporations […] The hypocrisy of DK/FD attacking Underdog and PrizePicks for working grey is unreal.”
the epicenter of authorized chaos within the gaming trade”
Gaming legislation and sports activities betting legal professional Daniel Wallach dubbed Florida “the epicenter of authorized chaos within the gaming trade,” resulting from a number of sports activities betting and DFS litigations within the state. He likened the DFS case as an undercard bout to the primary occasion, West Flagler versus the Seminole Tribe, which is heading to the Supreme Courtroom regardless of an earlier Courtroom of Appeals ruling that would have led to the tribe’s Exhausting Rock Guess going dwell in Florida by now.