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Daily Fantasy Sports may open NM to online gambling

THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL on Thursday ran an editorial on Daily Fantasy Sports titled “NM ducking fantasy sports legality question.”

The Journal quotes the New Mexico Gaming Control Act, which defines prohibited gaming as “an activity in which, upon payment of consideration, a player receives a prize or other thing of value, the award of which is determined by chance even though accompanied by some skill.” Anyone who has ever seen a DFS ad on TV knows that DFS perfectly fits that definition.

The proponents, Rep. Nate Gentry and Sen. John Ryan, argue that DFS is a “game of skill.” The prohibition of gambling in the act includes “skill” as being an element of illegal gambling. Nearly every form of gambling involves some skill, whether it be blackjack, poker or horse racing.

Some people have more skill at some form of gambling than others, but the definition of gambling still holds. For the over 90 percent of DFS players who consistently lose, skill doesn’t seem to have much to do with it.

Even more important than the issue of DFS alone is the intention of the multi-billion-dollar gambling industry to use DFS as the wedge to open the door to legalized online gambling, with the next steps being online sports gambling, online poker, then full-scale casino gambling.

DFS is only the opening salvo.

Stop Predatory Gambling New Mexico requests that Attorney General Hector Balderas honor New Mexico state law by ruling DFS illegal, thereby preventing the onslaught of legalized online gambling that could invade every computer, smartphone and tablet in the state.

DR. GUY CLARK

Stop Predatory Gambling New Mexico

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