Hit and Run: DraftKings and FanDuel Go to War in NY, ElkY Joins Team Liquid, WPT Montreal Underway

Alex Weldon : November 13th, 2015


The two big players in daily fantasy sports plan to fight New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s attempt to kick them out of the state. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier returns to his online-gaming roots. The World Poker Tour comes to Montreal. Thinking Poker’s Nate Meyvis has a new book out.

DraftKings and FanDuel join forces, draw a line in the sand

Earlier this week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared that daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites are illegal in the state, and issued a cease-and-desist order to industry giants DraftKings and FanDuel. DraftKings promised to fight, and today made good on that promise, filing a petition with the New York Supreme Court to try to have the cease-and-desist ruled unconstitutional. FanDuel has done likewise.

It has now been about a month since Nevada declared that DFS sites would need a license to operate in the state, and demanded that all sites cease serving Nevada customers until such time as they procure one. DraftKings and FanDuel complied with that request, but as the fallout of the DKLeak scandal continues, a legal battle has always seemed an inevitability.

LegalSportsReport has provided an in-depth look at the content of the lawsuits.

FlushDraw also takes a look at the lawsuits, but puts them in a broader context.

ElkY to play Hearthstone professionally

French poker pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier has announced that he’s returning to the world of professional digital gaming, joining Team Liquid as a Hearthstone player. This is nothing new for ElkY, who was in fact a world-class competitive gamer in the early 2000s, before he discovered poker. In returning to his roots with the support of his sponsor, PokerStars, he becomes the world’s first jointly sponsored poker and online gaming pro.

Hearthstone is a digital card game by Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind many of the digital games now played as eSports. Its turn-based, card-driven nature and strategic depth have made it popular with many poker players, including the likes of Daniel Negreanu.

Quick hitters

- Day 1A of the World Poker Tour Montreal main event is underway at Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake with some familiar faces in attendance. Side events have been running since the beginning of the month and the series will continue through Thursday, November 19.

- Mike Gorodinsky may be the World Series of Poker Player of the Year, but the honor of WSOP.com Online Player of the Year is still very much up for grabs.

- Nate Meyvis, cohost of the Thinking Poker podcasts, has a new book out, called Thinking Tournament Poker. If you’re not familiar with Nate or with Thinking Poker, you should check it out.

- PokerNews has produced an interesting set of infographics showing which continents and countries have earned the most in WSOP cashes.

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