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Sports fans have enjoyed playing competitive games of fantasy sports for many years. In 2012, DraftKings was founded to serve these fans by operating daily and weekly fantasy sports contests on its website and mobile apps. One of its popular competitions is fantasy baseball, where baseball fans enter daily sports competitions with their own roster of major league players. To participate in these games the fans pay an initial fee to DraftKings. The participants accumulate fantasy points based on the performance of their lineup of players in real world games during a particular game or week. At the end of the contest, the fantasy player with the most accumulated points wins a cash prize. These fantasy competitions are defined as “games of skill” to avoid federal prohibitions against Internet gambling, Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, 31 U.S.C. §5361 et seq. (https://bit.ly/36vsfTu).
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