Hawaii prosecutor: fantasy sports sites cease and desist

Hawaii prosecutor: fantasy sports sites cease and desist

February 03, 2016 11:16 AM


Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro is demanding that the heads of two major fantasy sports sites stop taking bets from Honolulu residents.

The move comes less than a week after Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said online fantasy sports contests are gambling, which is illegal in Hawaii.

Kaneshiro on Monday told the websites DraftKings and FanDuel to “immediately cease and desist” from accepting bets from Honolulu residents. Kaneshiro says accepting and profiting from bets is considered promoting gambling, which is a class C felony. That comes with penalties up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Nationwide, nearly 60 million Americans play fantasy sports. Several states including Hawaii are working on laws to regulate the industries, while other states have banned the sites altogether.

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