Hit and Run: DFS Lawsuit Filed in New York; Todd Brunson Talks Doyle and PHoF; Does Self-Exclusion Work?

Todd Brunson talks about being the son of a poker legend. New York’s DFS law is being challenged in the courts. Tough Final Table at WPT Maryland Live!. And more.

Lawsuit filed against New York’s DFS bill

The ink is barely dry on New York’s DFS bill and its already coming under some intense fire, as a lawsuit was filed with the New York Supreme Court on Wednesday morning.

The lawsuit, which names four women who either have gambling disorders or have been affected by someone with a gambling disorder as plaintiffs, and is being pushed by a pair of anti-gambling advocacy groups, Stop Predatory Gambling and Interfaith Impact of New York State.

The two groups released a joint statement that read in part:

“We believe in improving the lives of the people of New York,” said Les Bernal, SPG’s National Director. “Daily fantasy sports gambling is a huge rip-off for all citizens, regardless whether you gamble or not.”

Robb Smith, Executive Director of Interfaith Impact of New York State and a member of SPG’s New York network, strongly endorsed the lawsuit to overturn the new internet gambling law.

“The Legislature legalized internet gambling in every home, every dorm room, every place of employment and on every smart phone in New York,” Smith said.

Here is what New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had to say about the suit:

And here is a statement from FanDuel and DraftKings:

“The state constitution specifically gives the legislature the power to define what is – and what is not – gambling, and the legislature has done so a number of times in the past and long before the emergence of fantasy sports. The Attorney General, who certainly has had some strong opinions about fantasy sports, has clearly stated he will enforce and defend this new law. This is a layup – they have no case.”

Quick Hitters

– A guest column at CalvinAyre.com raised a counterintuitive question: Are self-exclusion policies doing more harm than good? It’s an interesting argument if you look at self-exclusion in a vacuum, but I don’t think the writer’s conclusions hold much water when self-exclusion is used as one piece of wider responsible gaming policies.

– The current stop on the World Poker Tour, WPT Maryland Live!, has produced a pretty tough final table. Darren Elias is going for his third WPT title, while Cate Hall is looking for her first, and looking to become the first female winner in the tour’s history.

Marty Derbyshire talks to Todd Brunson about his Poker Hall of Fame nomination, and what it’s like to live in the shadow of one of poker’s legends, Todd’s father, Doyle Brunson.

– Uncertainty abounds when it comes to online gaming legalization in the United States. Two states still have a chance to pass an online gambling bill this year, Pennsylvania and Michigan, but passage is far from a given. To find out where both of these states stand, and what other legislative progress/regression is taking place, check out PocketFives.com’s monthly legislative recap.

– In other legislative news, Online Poker Report’s Robert DellaFave takes a look at Gambling Compliance’s outlook for Pennsylvania. DellaFave takes a deep dive into the various issues circulating around the online gaming debate and an even deeper dive into the numbers, gauging the financial impact legalization would have in the Keystone State.

– Patricia Chavira takes a look at Training and Development Manager at Gardens Casino, Carolyn Uzeta. Uzeta is tasked with training the storied card room’s dealers. It’s an interesting profile , and a look at one of the unheralded and largely unknown jobs in the poker world.

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