Where Is DFS Legal? Tracking All 50 U.S. States & Canada for PrizePicks, FanDuel, Underdog, More

Where Is DFS Legal? Tracking All 50 U.S. States & Canada for PrizePicks, FanDuel, Underdog, More article feature image

Updated Feb. 19, 2024

"Daily fantasy sports" can mean a lot of different things these days, and every month, it feels like another state is calling its legality into question. So tracking its legality and operations can be a bit difficult. We've tried to sum it up in a handy map below with all 50 U.S. states and Washington D.C. DFS is also legal in every Canadian province but Ontario.

When we say DFS, we're talking about two distinct types. Some states allow both types, some only one type, and some neither:

  • Traditional DFS contests, like DraftKings or FanDuel's salary cap contests in which you pick a lineup and enter it into contests against other users and the house takes a cut.
  • "Pick'em" style contests like PrizePicks and Underdog Pick'em, in which you're picking player stats and putting up money against the house, not other users.

With DFS, there are also questions about how pick'em sites operate — if it's explicitly legal, or if it's more of a grey area. Some operators have chosen to exit certain states — PrizePicks has pulled its paid contests from Colorado, New York and Michigan over the last few years. Underdog revamped its Colorado games to only include player fantasy scores, not specific stats.

We've bucketed DFS legality by state into four types.

  • Green: Traditional DFS and pick'em contests operate
  • Yellow: Traditional DFS, but no pick'em
  • Purple: Both types operate, but lawmakers are starting to call pick'em contests into question
  • Red: Neither traditional DFS or pick'em contests operate

United States DFS/Pick'em Legal Map

Canada DFS/Pick'em Map

Pick'em sites operate in all Canadian provinces besides Ontario.

Where Do DFS Sites Operate?

StateTraditional DFSPick'em
AlabamaYesNo
AlaskaYesYes
ArizonaYesYes
ArkansasYesYes
CaliforniaYesYes
ColoradoYesModified
ConnecticutYesNo
DelawareYesNo
D.C.YesYes
FloridaYesNo
GeorgiaYesYes
HawaiiNoNo
IdahoNoNo
IllinoisYesYes
IndianaYesYes
IowaYesNo
KansasYesYes
KentuckyYesYes
LouisianaYesNo
MaineYesNo
MarylandYesNo
MassachusettsYesYes
MichiganYesNo
MinnesotaYesYes
MississippiYesNo
MissouriYesNo
MontanaNoNo
NebraskaYesYes
NevadaNoNo
New HampshireYesNo
New JerseyYesNo
New MexicoYesYes
New YorkYesYes
North CarolinaYesYes
North DakotaYesYes
OhioYesNo
OklahomaYesYes
OregonYesYes
PennsylvaniaYesNo
Rhode IslandYesYes
South CarolinaYesYes
South DakotaYesYes
TennesseeYesNo
TexasYesYes
UtahYesYes
VermontYesYes
VirginiaYesYes
WashingtonNoNo
West VirginiaYesNo
WisconsinYesYes
WyomingYesYes

Key Recent Updates

February 2024: PrizePicks announced after the Super Bowl it would pull its paid contests from New York, while PrizePicks and Underdog both pulled out of Florida after regulator pressure. Underdog still remains in New York since the key issue for NY isn't whether or not pick'em games should be legal; instead, they requested PrizePicks pull out because they were operating without a DFS license. Smaller DFS sites like Sleeper left NY in October.

Around the same time, Arkansas and Kansas both asked operators including PrizePicks and Underdog to stop operating in their states.

January 2024: Two bills that would legalize DFS in Florida have moved through the chamber’s committee on regulated industries, the first step to regulating DFS and pick'em sites in FL. The state had issued cease and desist letters to PrizePicks and Underdog in September. This would force DFS sites to be regulated in Florida and only offer contests to 21+ year-olds.

November 2023: The Michigan Gaming Control Board updated its regulations and banned DFS pick'em games, including PrizePicks, which forced the operator to only offer free contests in the Great Lake State. Underdog had not operated in Michigan.

September 2023: Florida issued cease and desists to PrizePicks and Underdog, though the sites did not stop operating in the Sunshine State.

August 2023: Underdog updated its games in Colorado to appease regulators. They still offer paid contests (PrizePicks does not in CO) but the only player stats available are fantasy scores, and you must choose at least four players.

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