Senate Bill Would “De-Criminalize” Fantasy Sports in Washington State
Currently, Washington state law considers fantasy sports leagues a "game of chance" rather than a game of skill -- as regarded by federal law.
As it stands right now, if you play fantasy sports in the many leagues you see advertised on TV and elsewhere, such as FanDuel.com, you are considered a felon in the eyes of the state.
Senate Bill 5284, introduced by Senator Pam Roach of Auburn, would allow the estimated 500,000 people in our state who currently play these games to be completely legal.
Roach's bill would bring our law in line with the 2006 Congressional Unlawful Internet Gaming Act. Part of the reason for Roach introducing the bill is a marked increase in the number of Washington residents who play fantasy football, especially because of the success of the Seahawks.