Hawaii lawmakers are making another push at legalizing sports betting, but this time, they have added a surprising twist.
The group of policymakers has proposed a bill that would allow sports betting and poker in Oahu, the most-populated Hawaiian island, but bans the top operators in the industry from joining the market. This means that FanDuel, DraftKings, and other gambling giants would be locked out.
The bill was introduced to state legislators Monday. The main sponsors said that it would redirect the supposed $1 billion locals spend in Las Vegas every year.