Times have been rocky for Mike Matusow ever since Black Friday happened and his Full Tilt Poker sponsorship disappeared. He managed a couple of big scores in 2013 – winning the NBC Heads-Up Championship ($750k) and a WSOP bracelet ($266.5k) – but has been suffering from medical problems ever since. And now Matusow finds out out that his home state, Nevada, has banned daily fantasy sports (DFS) until these sites can obtain licenses. Here’s a look at Matusow’s tweets:
1st they take away my Internet poker and my life ,now they take away my dfs sports while I’m stuck bed ridden trying to get healthy#thissuck
This is all because of the greedy people in Las Vegas casinos wanting a piece of the pie,such a joke #greed
As I recently discussed, the DFS world has been criticized for everything from pros taking advantage of amateurs to a scandal that happened at DraftKings/FanDuel. So it’s little wonder why a state that’s based its reputation on gaming would decide to ban DFS. Specifically, Nevada wants to protect its regulated iGaming market from unregulated daily fantasy sports.
Despite the reasoning, it’s pretty clear that Matusow isn’t happy that the government has intervened and prevented him from playing another game he loves.
With the omission of Nevada, DFS is now tolerated in 44 of 50 U.S. states. However, we can only imagine that more states will soon take action against the unregulated industry, given that pretty much every other form of iGaming is frowned upon in America. The best solution for us all would be to have the federal government legalize everything from DFS and sports betting to online poker and casino games. This way, we and Matusow won’t have to complain about all the limitations and lack of freedoms.