Hawaii has some of the strictest anti-gambling laws in the country. Do you play fantasy sports? Some 60 million Americans do. But others wager real money on fantasy sports contests.
State Senator Roz Baker wondered if that was legal in Hawaii. So she requested a formal opinion from Doug Chin, the state attorney general. He gave it yesterday afternoon.
Doug Chin says, under Hawaii law, gambling occurs when you stake or risk something of value on a game of chance or any future contingent event that is not under your control. "The technology may have changed, but the vice has not."
Fantasy sports NOT played for money is okay. House Speaker Joe Souki and State Senator Gil Keith-Agaran have introduced bills to legalize fantasy sports betting with some strings attached.
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