Author Archives: Alex Igelman

About Alex Igelman

Alex Igelman is a gaming lawyer and consultant based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 2007, Alex Igelman founded Gaming Research Partners, a full service gaming and eSports consultancy that specializes in research and business development.

Texas AG Finds Daily Fantasy Sports Are Illegal Gambling – Law360

In what seems like a non-stop onslaught against the DFS industry, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday issued an advisory opinion saying it’s likely that a Texas court would find daily fantasy sports contests offered by companies like DraftKings and FanDuel are “prohibited gambling in Texas,” becoming the latest state attorney general to question the legality of the fast-growing industry.

It is high time the two DFS behemoths start accepting the inevitable and attempt to negotiate with the various States instead of fighting them.

Taxation and regulation are the only way the DFS industry will survive.

Source: Texas AG Finds Daily Fantasy Sports Are Illegal Gambling – Law360

PayPal Shutting Down DraftKings, FanDuel Transactions |

As reported by, PayPal quickly reacted to today’s decision by NY State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez that granted NY State an injunction against DraftKings and FanDuel to halt operations in NY.

PayPal immediately announced that they would stop allowing transfers to and from DraftKings and FanDuel,  thereby seriously hampering their ability to take in and pay out funds.

As I have been saying for several months now, the writing is on the wall for the DFS industry. They now will likely face substantial regulation and oversight from the various States they operate in. Oversight that heretofore was non-existent as they were for the most part self-regulated.

Nevada’s Gaming Commission ruling in Mid-October that DFS was gambling has had serious impact on the industry since the pronouncement. The snowball effect continues to gain momentum with NY’s most recent ruling potentially decimating the largest market in the US.

Stay tuned for more bad news for the DFS industry…

PayPal has decided to halt all money transactions to and from DraftKings and FanDuel in the wake of a superior court judge decision not to allow the two companies to operate in New York State.

Source: PayPal Shutting Down DraftKings, FanDuel Transactions |