Last week, the governor of New York signed into law new legislation covering Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in the state. As part of the provisions, the new legislation prohibits fantasy-style games on horse racing.
While the exact legal status of horse racing tournaments is still open to question, after conferring with our legal counsel, we have made the determination that we must restrict play from New York residents at this time.
Effective immediately and until further notice, the following policies will be in place regarding play from New York residents at HorseTourneys:
(1) Players from New York may no longer withdraw funds from player accounts; any credit must be played only in contests at HorseTourneys. In other words, players from New York are prohibited from winning real money, including travel reimbursements that may be part of qualifying packages (travel funds will be credited to accounts and may be played in other tournaments).
(2) Players from New York may continue to play in any events toward the pursuit of on-track/on-site qualifiers supported by the industry, such as the National Handicapping Championship (NHC) and other on-site events. Again, please be aware that New York residents may not withdraw travel allowances that may be included as part of any qualifying packages.
New York players with current account balances may make a one-time withdrawal up to the amount currently held in the player balance. There is no deadline for this request.
To make a withdrawal, players must email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a Customer Support request form. Please include:
(1) The amount of the withdrawal requested
(2) Preference for either Check or PayPal (include Paypal email address); please note that bank transfers will not be available
We regret that changes in New York law have affected your participation at HorseTourneys. Please know that we are actively working on a long term solution to allow full online tournament playing privileges and will notify you as soon as any change to our policy in New York has been made.
Thank you for your understanding and for your patronage at HorseTourneys. Please let us know if you have questions.