Fantasy to Become Reality for Gaming in Iowa?

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Fantasy to Become Reality for Gaming in IowaFantasy sports may be coming to Iowa.

According to local reports in the Quad-City Times, Iowans may legally get into the fantasy sports game soon (thanks to a bill that was approved yesterday in the Iowa Senate).

Senate File 166 would declare fantasy sports as game of skill different from gambling, ending Iowa’s run among a handful of states where it is illegal for someone to collect more than $50 if the real professional athletes they’ve assembled as a virtual squad have the best combined statistics to win a fantasy contest or league.

“We are currently in legal limbo. We have never clearly defined what fantasy sports are in Iowa,” Sen. Jeff Danielson is quoted in the report.

Danielseon is chairman of the Senate State Government Committee and the bill’s “floor manager.”

“We hope to clarify that,” he said.

Although it’s not yet clear what the next steps will be, supporters of the initiative believe it will open doors to new opportunities for gamers and new sources of revenue for the state and gaming businesses.

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