Nebraska state Senator Justine Wayne has just introduced a new bill that would classify sports betting, poker, and paid fantasy sports as games of skill.
The bill (LB990) would immediately legalize the games under Nebraska’s law, wherein most forms of gambling are currently prohibited. But, on the upside, games of skill are allowed.
The bill states that the knowledge required in fantasy sports and sports betting implies that they should fall under the game of skill category rather than a game of chance.
“Sports betting and fantasy sports require knowledge and skill,” the bill said. “Knowledge of a sport and skill in analyzing and predicting the performance of athletes and the outcomes of sporting events is essential for a participant in sports betting or fantasy sports to be successful.”