Florida Sends Cease And Desist to PrizePicks, Underdog Fantasy and Betr

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Florida is shutting down daily fantasy sports operators PrizePicks, Underdog Fantasy and Betr for offering "illegal bets."

The Florida Gaming Control Commission sent cease and desist letters to the three daily fantasy operators, forcing them to shut down current contests

“We can confirm that we have reached a negotiated resolution with the FGCC to cease operating our current contests on March 1st," a PrizePicks spokesperson told Action Network. "That resolution, however, makes very clear that we are welcome to operate in the state in the future and we will provide additional details on go-forward operations in due course.”

According to Saturday Down South, the letters, effective Jan. 31, ask the operators to cease and desist from "offering or accepting illegal bets or wagers from residents" and "conducting any illegal lotteries" within 30 days.

The letters notified operators that if they don't suspend illegal operations in the timeframe, it will be taken to the Attorney General's Office for prosecution.

FanDuel and DraftKings, who are still operating daily fantasy sites in the state, did not receive the letters, according to Saturday Down South.

The issue that caused problems for PrizePicks and Underdog Fantasy is the offering of more/less player bets that appear similar to player props on legal sportsbooks.

Many states, including New York and Florida, deemed the offering too close to traditional sports betting.

FanDuel and DraftKings continue to offer traditional daily fantasy competitions that include building lineups to compete in contests.

The Seminole Tribe, which runs gambling operations in Florida, resumed sports betting in November 2023. They operate Hard Rock Bet, which is the only sports wagering app available in Florida.

As the only gambling operation, it can be presumed the Seminole Tribe had been losing players to the daily fantasy sports operators PrizePicks, Underdog Fantasy and Betr.

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