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Online Casino News - October, 2008

Online Gambling Domain Name Battle on for Tuesday

 

 

  Seed Newsvine

by Devon Chappell, News Staff Writer

October 5, 2008

From the outsider, it may appear ridiculous that the State of Kentucky seeks to confiscate over 180 online gambling domains on the basis that these domain names are being used as gambling devices. Regardless of the basis for confiscation, this act may appear ridiculous period. Confiscating the domain names of online international business operations - many of whom are based outside of the U.S. (let alone Kentucky), just doesn't seem possible.

That's precisely what the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association, Poker Players Alliance and Bluegrass Institute is hoping to prevent, following a decision by Franklin County Circuit Judge, Thomas Wingate, that gives the State of Kentucky the power to confiscate the online gambling domain names based on the notion they constitute illegal gambling devices.

Technically, there hasn't been a court ruling on the matter just yet. Judge Wingate's decision permits a temporary seizure of the domains, which State representatives have agreed to abstain from enforcing (shutting down the domains) pending negotiations with lawyers of the domain name owners. With a hearing set for this upcoming Tuesday, it will be most interesting to see what the opposing parties bring to the table.

Whether you support online gambling or not, it's hard to disagree that Kentucky Governor Beshear's motions to clamp down on the internet betting industry is bad public policy. With the Kentucky Lottery allowing bettors to purchase second-chance tickets online, the persecution against online casino gambling and poker is nothing short of hypocritical.

What's even more ironic is the fact that Governor Beshear seems to think that all the betting activity enjoyed by Kentuckians at online casinos and poker rooms could be generating millions in revenue for the State. Critics point out that online gamblers are not going to settle for the lottery. They are going to gamble online no matter what. Most people think that making a choice to gamble online is a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution - and that's one point that will certainly be argued in Tuesday's hearing.



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