Amaya Limits Scope Of DFS Platform In The US

Amaya Limits Scope Of DFS Platform In The USIn the wake of the recent Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) scandal involving DraftKings and FanDuel, Amaya Gaming has now pulled its DFS platform, StarsDraft, from Nevada, Florida and Michigan. In so doing, the Canadian operator has demonstrated that it is keen to avoid any issues concerning US gambling laws, especially having only recently been granted access to the country’s market, and given the history of its main site, PokerStars, under its previous owner, Isai Scheinberg.
Pre-Black Friday, PokerStars had operated with impunity in the USA’s unregulated iPoker market, until the Department of Justice shut down its operation and saddled the company with a huge multi-million dollar penalty. The latest DFS scandal involving company employees, combined with Nevada’s latest decision to require DFS operators to obtain gambling licenses, now threatens a similar overhaul of the DFS industry, and this time around Amaya is leaving no doubt as to where the company stands on the issue of legality.
As a result, Amaya has said it will restrict its StarsDraft platform to just four states who currently have “favorable existing daily fantasy sports guidance”, namely New Jersey, Massachusetts, Kansas and Maryland. Furthermore, the operator has been leading the call for greater DFS legislation and guidelines, and as a company statement read:
“We have previously called for state regulation and licensing of DFS to ensure consumer protection and strict government oversight of operators.”
As well as maintaining a principled approach on the issue, Amaya’s prudent approach also has the added benefit of protecting its iPoker investment in the US, having finally been granted an iGaming license to partner with Resorts casino in New Jersey. Needless to say, there would be no point in Amaya jeopardizing its poker business by continuing to offer its DFS service in a unregulated, increasingly turbulent market.

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