Court Rules Against Sites in KY Internet Poker Domain Name Seizure Case

by Lou on October 21, 2008

Well, we all know by now that Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate, in a 43-page decision, told the 141 Internet gaming sites in the Kentucky domain name seizure case that they must install some form of blocking software to prohibit access to Kentucky residents by November 17.
If they do not, a hearing on the motion to forfeiture those domain names will go forward and the domain names will be turned over permanently to the state.

Judge Wingate ruled that poker is illegal gambling under the Kentucky statute, and that who wins and loses is based entirely on luck.

He also ruled that the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the Internet Commerce Association (ICA), Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI), IGC and iMEGA lacked standing to argue the case in court because none of these groups represented any of the parties to the case.

All of this is sure to be appealed, so stay tuned and we’ll bring you updates as they occur.

Attorney and Poker Writer Shari Geller and I discussed this case for about 25 minutes on October 16 on my Internet radio show, Keep Flopping Aces, that’s heard on www.roundersradio.com every Thursday evening. If you want more information on this case, you can listen to that interview as a podcast by pointing your browser to the Rounder’s Radio web site.

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Internet Poker Guide November 13, 2008 at 10:58 am

There’s a lot of people who think it’s a big deal, I’m not so sure, but it’s certainly not good. There isn’t a lot of revenue coming from Kentucky to start with, but it’s not a very good precedent to set.

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