January 23, 2017 / by: Gray Peterson
In 2017, a lot of legislative changes seem to be taking place in the online gaming scene with the latest developments being that Montana could be on course to regulate Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) contests soon. This is after the legislation seeking to legalize the same was passed by the Senate this week. However, their DFS is not what we know but a watered down version that introduces skill gaming for prizes.
The senate’s Bill 25 seeks to legalize DFS contests where the maximum buy-in will be $35, and the prizes will have reduced non-monetary value. The state Department of Justice and the Gambling Control Division will be mandated with the responsibility of defining which prizes have minimal non-monetary value. The bill, which was voted unanimously, also classifies DFS as a game of skill rather than a game of chance.
In other news, the Legal Sports Report hinted that Ohio might embark on a quest to try and regulate Daily Fantasy Sports this year. This is after the matter came up in the Washington State during the hearing of their now doomed DFS bill.
Among those testifying in the Washington hearing was the former Washington AG, Rob Mckenna, who pointed out that Ohio had a glimmering chance of regulating DFS this year. What is more surprising is that the bill for the legalization of DFS is yet to be introduced although there were two presented at the end of 2016. Reading the signs, the former AG interpreted that the bill was in the offing, and the Ohio leadership in the legislature were behind it, meaning that Ohio was among the favorite States that may see DFS regulation in 2017.