Pick 'em Style Daily Fantasy Sports Banned in Michigan

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The Michigan Gaming Control Board has confirmed the implementation of the new regulations prohibiting Pick 'em style daily fantasy sports games in the state.

The new rules ban DFS operators from offering contests that simulate sports betting, involve prop bets, or imitate proposition selection in any way.

Fantasy contests, like any other form of competitive gaming, thrive on rules and regulations. The Administrative Rules, which were reviewed by the Michigan Legislature, provide a level playing field for all fantasy contest operators and participants, and will help ensure that fairness, transparency, and integrity are upheld.

Henry WilliamsMGCB Executive Director

According to the MGCB and supporters of the ban, the newly prohibited games closely resemble prop-style bets, which violate state gambling laws. These titles were previously offered by several operators, including Boom, PrizePicks, and RealTime Fantasy Sports.

The regulator has also asserted that it would conduct a comprehensive review of all DFS operators' offerings in the state to ensure adherence to regulations and the removal of any prop-style DFS games from their portfolios.

Regulators Move Against DFS Operators

The development follows recent regulators' activities in New York and Florida, aimed at stopping the operations of pick 'em style DFS providers in their markets.

In New York, the State Gaming Commission voted to prohibit prop-style DFS games. Meanwhile, the Gaming Commission sent cease-and-desist letters to most DFS operators in Florida, cautioning that any form of fantasy sports violates Florida's gambling laws.

Earlier this year, German regulator Glücksspielbehörde der Länder (GGL) ruled daily fantasy sports as illegal gambling.

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