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States crack down on fantasy sports, calling them games of chance, not skill

States crack down on fantasy sports, calling them games of chance, not skill

 The livelihood of a billion-dollar industry largely rests on a single question: Are daily fantasy sports a game of chance or a game of skill?

It's true, Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan said, that predicting which athletes will perform best on any given day requires skill. But the actual competition is still left to the athletes — the fantasy gamers have no control over the outcome.

As a result, Madigan said in an opinion, fantasy sports are games of chance and therefore illegal under Illinois law.

Illinois then became the third state to ban daily fantasy sports sites outright, and the eighth state in which the sites do not operate because of existing...

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