|Posted:||May 5, 2015 09:55 AM|
|From:||Representative George Dunbar|
|To:||All House members|
|In the near future I plan on introducing legislation to allow our licensed casinos to offer fantasy sports tournaments. The intent of this legislation is to provide our casino with an alternative form of entertainment for its patrons.
Participating in fantasy sports is currently legal. The Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), which establishes the legal guidelines for online gambling, carves out a safe haven for any fantasy or simulation sports game that has an outcome that reflects the relative knowledge of the participants, or their skill at physical reaction or physical manipulation (but not chance), and, in the case of a fantasy or simulation sports game, has an outcome that is determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of sporting event. In other words, fantasy sports are considered games of skill – not chance – if they can be won by successfully utilizing superior knowledge of the players involved.
Presently most fantasy sports tournaments take place on internet sites like Fanduel. My legislation will allow our casinos to hold their own fantasy tournaments within the confines of the casino upon payment of a $50,000 licensing fee. The rules and regulations for this activity will be determined by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB1197