Underdog pick’em banned in Maine as state launches sports betting

Underdog pick’em banned in Maine as state launches sports betting

Article brief provided by Legal Sports Report
  • Pat Evans, Legal Sports Report
November 4, 2023 10:51 AM

Maine became the latest state to ban pick’em games offered by fantasy sports companies, leading to Underdog at least temporarily pulling back the prop-style markets.

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Last week, the Maine Gambling Control Unit issued a fine of $391,850 dollars to Underdog for offering illegal daily fantasy games, MGCU Executive Director Milton Champion told LSR on Tuesday. Underdog has 30 days to appeal but was instructed to immediately cease offering pick‘em contests in the state, according to Champion.

An Underdog spokesperson told LSR the company stopped offering pick’em products in Maine following Champion’s decision. Underdog’s move is a notable departure from other states where regulators instructed the company to stop offering pick’em.