Kentucky Domain-Grab Hearing Today

Kentucky Already Seized Certificates for UB, Doyles Room, and Cake

by , Oct 7, 2008 | 8:33 am

Arguments are being heard today in the Franklin County Circuit Court in Kentucky regarding the attempted seizure of 141 gaming-related domain names.

At the request of Governor Steve Beshear, the Commonwealth of Kentucky filed a civil action on September 18, 2008 to order sites like Full Tilt, PokerStars, and Doyles Room seized if they didn’t willingly forfeit their domain names, and they would be transferred to the Commonwealth. The order claimed, as did Beshear in his press conference, that the internet domains were “used to promote, conduct, and/or advance illegal gambling within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.” After a continuance, the hearing is today.

According to Gambling911, the Commonwealth of Kentucky seized some of those sought-after domain names last night, including UltimateBet.com, DoylesRoom.com, and CakePoker.com. The three sites are still running as usual, but the Commonwealth could reportedly stop them at any time. Holy Massacre of the Constitution! No need for panic yet….

Attorneys defending the sites, and even some simply standing up for the rights of online poker like iMega, are in court right now trying to stop the madness. Since Dan is on a Clonie-stalking cruise in the Bahamas business trip and I am holed up in my L.A. apartment, we were unable to get to Kentucky for the hearing today. But the PPA is there and will provide updates, and Gambling911 is live blogging from the courtroom.

Updates here as they become available…


4 Comments to “Kentucky Domain-Grab Hearing Today”


  1. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Why would Doyle’s Room, UB and Cake have their domains registered with a US company (GoDaddy.com)?


  2. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    The G911.com updates mention that the judge will need 7 days to make a decision.


  3. California Jen
    says:

    Does it matter that GoDaddy is a U.S. company?


  4. DanM
    says:

    ***Why would Doyle’s Room, UB and Cake have their domains registered with a US company (GoDaddy.com)?***

    For Doyle’s Room perhaps because they assumed they weren’t doing anything wrong? (Pokerati has been shifting all its registrations to GoDaddy … even though the Kentucky case technically could make little-ole-poker-blogs illegal.)

    As for UB … just figuring they could get away with anything, maybe?

    And Cake … stupid?

    Just guesses. Sorry I can’t contribute more intelligently … but am currently on a slow machine paying $.75/minute for internet access.

    Thanks for holding up the fort while I am gone, CalJen and KevMath. Seems like nothing important is going on/down. 🙂