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Online Casino News - November, 2008

Jackpot Factory Online Casinos Ban Kentucky Residents



  Seed Newsvine

by Devon Chappell, News Staff Writer

November 4, 2008

The Jackpot Factory group of Microgaming powered online casinos, which includes the OCS reviewed online casino, All Slots, has announced they will be imposing new restrictions on players who reside in Kentucky and neighboring States. The decision has come following the recent persecution in Kentucky against online gambling sites, culminating in a domain name seizure of over 140 internet betting destinations.

While no domains have actually been seized as of yet (Microgaming being a possible exception), the fact of the matter is that a legal court ruling now allows Kentucky to do so if online casinos are found to be accepting real money wagers from Kentucky residents. In other words, gaming operators formerly accepting bets in Kentucky are no longer doing so. Vegas Affiliates, which is another small group of Microgaming powered online casinos, recently announced they will cease taking bets from all U.S. residents beginning November 10.

Particularyly ironic is Governor Beshear's apparent vendetta against Microgaming, who being a software licensee, does not take bets from Kentucky residents. Microgaming simply licenses their software platform to operators who can brand their own online casino with the help of Microgaming. Nonetheless, it is suspected that the recent shutdown of Microgaming's website is due to the activities going down in Kentucky.

As for the Jackpot Factory, they haven't gone so extreme as Vegas Affiliates in banning all U.S. players. However, just to be safe, in addition to banning all Kentucky residents from accessing a current account or opening a new one, Jackpot Factory says they will be blocking current customers (beginning November 6, 2008) whose IP addresses trace back State's adjacent to Kentucky. These State's include, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas.

In order for players residing in any of these State's to have their accounts reinstated, they will need to provide proof of residence. Jackpot Factory is urging all players with questions and concerns to contact them directly at Support @ JackpotFactory.com.

The good news is that the debacle in Kentucky is not over. Proponents of the online gambling industry are hopeful the current County court ruling will be overturned by the Supreme Court. Furthermore, the UIGEA itself isn't on the most stable ground. If and when it is overturned or revised, there is a chance players from Kentucky may be able to access to favorite Microgaming online casino once again.



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