Following last week’s decision in the state of Kentucky regarding the future of 141 domain names associated with online gambling, the state’s Governor has released a statement making clear which side of the issue he is supporting.
On Thursday, Judge Thomas Wingate from the Franklin Circuit Court ruled that the state has the right to pursue its civil case against online gambling sites including AbsolutePoker.com, BodogLife.com, CakePoker.com, DoylesRoom.com, FullTiltPoker.com and PokerStars.com. If successful at a subsequent trial that is due to begin on November 17, the southern American state could seize the domain names and effectively close the sites.
“I am very pleased with Judge Wingate’s ruling,” stated the Democrat Governor who has been in power less than one year.
“The Court validated our concern that there is illegal and unregulated Internet gambling in Kentucky. He has given these parties 30 days to effectively block any access to this illegal activity within the Commonwealth of Kentucky or they may be forced to forfeit those domain names to the Commonwealth.
“No one has been willing to step up and do anything about illegal Internet gambling until now. We must protect our people, especially our children, from this illegal and unregulated activity while also protecting our legal and regulated forms of gaming in Kentucky.”