Tue, May

Court Stays Domain Seizure


About ten days ago Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear obtained a court order to seize the domain names of 141 online gambling service providers. These included some of the biggest names in online poker such as PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Doyles Room, Bodog and Ultimate Bet.

The reason given was that these sites cater to Kentucky citizens and corrupt them and deprive them of their income. However since the major online poker rooms use non-American domain services the seizure was not immediately effected.

Now the online poker community has obtained a stay on the seizure order till October 6. Judge Wingate who granted the stay said that the stay was only meant to give time to the legal counsels to prepare their arguments. It should not be construed as a vindication. The Poker Player’s Alliance is pleased with the turn of events however. PPA executive director said that now the online poker community would be able to put forward its case before the court. He is sure of getting a favorable result.