Maine Daily Fantasy Sports License Withdrawal For Five Operators

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maine flagA recent announcement from the Maine Gambling Control Unit (MGCU) revealed that five daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators will no longer be operating within the state.

This development comes after these operators failed to renew their licenses, prompting the MGCU to issue a public notice.

The affected operators include Underdog, Data Force, Bidventures, Boom Shakalaka, and Sportshub.

As a result, Maine’s DFS market now sees a reduction to six operators, with DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, and RealTime Fantasy still holding licenses.

  Is Sports Betting Legal in Maine?

Yes, sports betting has been legal in Maine since 2022 when Governor Mills signed LD 585 into law.

Maine Gaming Authority Fines

Underdog’s departure from the Pine Tree State follows a significant fine imposed on the operator in October 2023.

The MGCU fined Underdog $391,850 for alleged regulatory violations concerning its pick ’em-style DFS contests.

This penalty started from a formal complaint by the MGCU, which required the Underdog to provide detailed information regarding its contests.

Despite starting these contests in 2021 and reporting over $1.4 million in total net revenue from 7,837 unique customers across the state, Underdog faced a fine of $50 for each of its unique customers in Maine.

usa flagMaine Joins a Nationwide Trend

Maine’s situation mirrors a growing trend across the United States, where DFS operators face regulatory challenges and exit various markets.

In February, the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration issued cease and desist letters to Underdog and PrizePicks for their DFS contests, citing violations of Amendment 100 to the Arkansas Constitution.

Similarly, the Florida Gaming Control Commission ordered multiple operators, including PrizePicks, Underdog, and Betr, to cease operations in the Sunshine State.

North Carolina and other states have also seen similar actions against DFS operators.

States Crack Down on Daily Fantasy Sports

Maine’s actions reflect a broader effort by states to regulate and monitor the DFS industry.

More than a dozen states have taken steps to address certain DFS apps over the past year.

For instance, Colorado is contemplating a ban on DFS contests that resemble player prop parlays, while Missouri and Florida have directed pick’em operators to cease operations.

Massachusetts has also recently ordered a ban on pick’em contests.

  Active DFS Operators:
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • Fantasy Football Players Championship
  • Yahoo
  • Realtime Fantasy Sports
  • Splash Sports

Six Daily Fantasy Sports Apps Remain

Despite the departure of five operators, Maine still boasts six licensed fantasy sports apps.

Alongside DraftKings and FanDuel, other operators include Fantasy Football Players Championship, Yahoo, Realtime Fantasy Sports, and Splash Sports, also known as Certamen Games.

As regulations evolve and operators adapt, players and operators must stay informed and compliant to ensure the continued growth and integrity of the DFS industry in Maine and beyond.

 

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These operators failed to renew their licenses, leading the Maine Gambling Control Unit (MGCU) to issue a public notice, resulting in their departure from the state’s DFS market.

Underdog, one of the operators, faced a significant fine of $391,850 for alleged regulatory violations related to its pick ’em-style DFS contests, following a formal complaint by the MGCU.

No, Maine’s actions reflect a nationwide trend where states are increasingly regulating and monitoring the DFS industry, with more than a dozen states taking steps to address certain DFS apps over the past year.

Despite the exit of five operators, Maine still has six licensed DFS apps, including DraftKings, FanDuel, Fantasy Football Players Championship, Yahoo, Realtime Fantasy Sports, and Splash Sports.

By staying informed about evolving regulations and compliance requirements, both players and operators can contribute to the sustained growth and integrity of the DFS industry in Maine and beyond.

Liga Tarasova has a history of quality assurance and leading teams in an outsourcing company. Currently, she is working remotely as an Editor in Chief for Onlinegamblers.com. She stands for fair and safe gambling for people in the USA. Not long ago, she lived in Malta, the global iGaming hub, and worked at an iGaming company offering cloud-based product and platform services to B2B partners. Liga’s passion is visual arts and interior design.

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