A computer malfunction has delayed the ruling by Judge Thomas Wingate over whether the southern American state of Kentucky has the right to seize 141 domain names associated with online gambling.
Although a decision was expected last Wednesday in the civil action brought last month by Michael Brown, Secretary of Justice and Public Safety, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Franklin County Circuit Court delayed its pronouncement by a week in order for Judge Wingate to better consider the matters involved.
The industry was nervously anticipating Judge Wingate’s decision yesterday but it is now expected that the verdict will be issued later today.
The action has the support of Democrat Governor Steve Beshear and, if successful, would see domain names such as AbsolutePoker.com, BodogLife.com, CakePoker.com, DoylesRoom.com, FullTiltPoker.com and PokerStars.com seized by the state.
“Unlicensed, unregulated, illegal Internet gambling poses a tremendous threat to the citizens of the Commonwealth because of its ease, availability and anonymity,” said Governor Beshear.
”The owners and operators of these illegal sites prey on Kentucky citizens, including our youth, and deprive the Commonwealth of millions of dollars in revenues. It is an underworld wrought with scams and schemes.”