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Kentucky State Seizes Gambling URLs

Kenticky State takes action against web gambling

A court in Kentucky has ruled that the state can seize the URLs of 141 internet gambling sites to protect its citizens from harm.

The courts ruled that the state had the right to seize the URLs because state laws forbid internet gambling.

Online Gambling Sites affected include caribbeangold.com, sportsbook.com and some of the industry’s top poker sites that still do business with U.S. customers, including Bodog Poker, Full Tilt Poker and Doyles Room.

Unlicensed, unregulated, illegal Internet gambling poses a tremendous threat to the citizens of the Commonwealth because of its ease, availability and anonymity, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said.

The owners and operators of these illegal sites prey on Kentucky citizens, including our youth, and deprive the Commonwealth of millions of dollars in revenue. It’s an underworld wrought with scams and schemes.

The domain name registrars will now be formally asked for control of the URLs to be handed over at a separate hearing on Thursday.

Governor Beshear has once again demonstrated that he is willing to take bold and innovative steps to protect Kentuckians and Kentucky’s legitimate businesses, Justice and Public Safety Secretary J. Michael Brown said.

Illegal Internet gambling poses a unique threat to our Commonwealth. For individuals ‚¬ particularly our youth ‚¬ it is tantamount to a virtual home invasion. For some of our vital and most venerable legitimate enterprises, it undermines their exemplary regulatory compliance and siphons away their constituents.

He acknowledged that some of the sites had blocked internet users from Kentucky from accessing the sites and that the loss of the URLS would shut down operations worldwide but said his first duty was to the citizens of his state.

The ruling could have a major import on internet commerce, if individual states pass laws against specific activities that are not banned in other parts of the world.

John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), which has more than 13,000 members in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and more than one million members nationwide told WebProNews that Governor Beshear’s attempt to block access to online sites in the state “is hypocritical and shortsighted.”

Pappas said,” Online poker is and should remain a lawful activity in the Commonwealth, and the state could seek to regulate and tax it if they wish.”

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