Kentucky Court Orders Seizure of 141 Internet Gaming Domain Names

by Lou on September 23, 2008

According to a report by GamingIntelligenceGroup.com, the Commonwealth of Kentucky secured a court order for the seizure and forfeiture of 141 internet domain names “…used to promote illegal gambling within the state.”

The court found probable cause to believe the domain names were used in connection with illegal gambling within Kentucky, and found sufficient basis to order their seizure.

Among the 141 names are absolutepoker.com, bugsyclub.com, cakepoker.com, doylesroom.com, fulltiltpoker.com, pokerstars.com, pokertime.com, royalvegas.com, truepoker.com, ultimatebet.com, and microgaming.com.

The full list of names can be found at http://gamingintelligencegroup.com/gig/content/view/1389/2/.

Since all of these sites are located offshore, we’ll see what happens next.

{ 3 comments }

kurokitty September 25, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Are you sure this has happened? My understanding is the forfeiture hearing has been delayed until Friday…

kurokitty September 25, 2008 at 9:54 pm

I guess it did happen:

Governor Steve Beshear’s Communications Office
Kentucky seizes domain names of illegal Internet gambling sites
Press Release Date: Monday, September 22, 2008
Contact Information: Jay Blanton
Jill Midkiff
502-564-2611

Judge orders transfer of 141 domain names to Commonwealth

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A Franklin County Circuit judge last week ordered the transfer of the domain names of 141 illegal Internet gambling sites to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in an effort to stop illegal and unregulated online gaming. Kentucky is the first state to bring an action against Internet gambling operators that has resulted in the seizure of domain names.

The order came Thursday in response to a suit filed by the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet on behalf of the Commonwealth seeking to force the sites to block access to Kentucky users, or relinquish control of their domains. Judge Thomas Wingate ordered a forfeiture hearing for Sept. 25th on the matter. The Justice Cabinet had asked the court to order Internet registrars to transfer control of the domain names to the Commonwealth, pending a hearing on whether forfeiture is required.

Anonymous October 9, 2008 at 4:53 pm

One of my domains is listed on the Kentucky court order so I am working with legal guys to get this resolved, it has been adjourned but still unclear as to what will happen, however I was recommended to transfer my domains out of the US to a UK registrar and the registrar that was recommended was safenames.net in the UK. they have assisted at least 30 companies, I trust them as they look after Full Tilt Poker, Bodog and guaranteed they will not transfer my domain.

I then transferred all my 970 domains to the privacy service at Safenames, it took in total 6 days to get this done and they have offered me an IP restriction DNS service to block Kentucky from accessing my sites.

I do recommend these guys as they are fast and are involved in the court order.

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