Kentucky Domain Seizures to go ahead

The big news today is of course the Kentucky Court hearing where Judge Thomas Wingate dismissed the objections brought by the 141 gambling domain names subject to seizure, which include Pokerstars and Full Tilt.

Judge Wingate ruled that an internet domain name is a 'device' used in gambling, which is therefore illegal under Kentucky law.

Any websites that advertise or provide gambling information alone were not enough to establish presence in Kentucky and would have the seizure order affecting them rescinded at a later date.

The attempts by the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) to get poker made exempt on the basis of the element of skill was quickly dismissed by Wingate.

"In the end, no matter how skilful or cunning the player, who wins and who loses is determined by the hands the players hold" he stated (Seemingly oblivious to the concept known as 'bluffing').

If the correct safeguards to block Kentucky ISPs are put in place by the online poker rooms and gambling domains within 30 days, then the seizure order against them will be withdrawn.

The final hearing is set for November 17th and it is not yet known whether an appeal will be made by the various parties affected.

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