Nevada Approves First Fantasy Sports Game

Nevada’s gaming board shut down daily fantasy games from DraftKings and FanDuel late last year for fairly obvious reasons: they’re gambling, and they need a license to operate in the state. Now for the first time, the board has issued a license to a daily fantasy operator called USFantasy. Unsurprisingly, the Vegas-approved fantasy game is planning to operate through the race and sports books of casinos, and won’t look much like other daily fantasy sports games.

Nevada Gaming Board approval of USFantasy

Instead of a “salary cap” limited team, the games players choose athletes at a particular position and bet where they’ll rank at the position. Called a pari-mutuel system, it’s a lot more like horse racing than fantasy sports. In an interview with ESPN, president Vic Salerno said that for players “it feels like 80 to 90 percent will get some money back.” That’s different from current daily fantasy games, where much of the winnings go to a relatively small group of elite players.

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