UB and AP Block Kentucky Residents

Look What a Newfangled Security System Can Do!

by , Dec 2, 2008 | 8:08 pm

Tokwiro Enterprises announced that it has chosen to follow the Kentucky court order and block Kentucky residents from accessing Absolute Poker and UltimateBet. In an explanation, COO Paul Leggett said, in so many words, that the purpose it to protect the domain names for the entirety of its customer base.

Being anxious about following the letter of the law when trying to rebuild a reputation is one thing, but could this be jumping the gun a little? The case is currently on hold due to the appeal process, and the deadline for blocking Kentucky residents has been postponed until the appeals court hears the petition, which is scheduled for December 12th. Today is December 2nd. Just sayin’.

The entire press release from Tokwiro is as follows:


Customers Connecting from IP Addresses in Kentucky Will Be Unable to Play on Absolute Poker and UltimateBet Sites

MONTREAL, CANADA (DECEMBER 2, 2008) — Tokwiro Enterprises ENRG (Tokwiro), the owner of the Absolute Poker (AP) and UltimateBet (UB) poker sites, announced today that, in order to fully comply with the Franklin County (Kentucky) Circuit Court’s recent orders, it is restricting access to Tokwiro’s sites by Kentucky residents.

In complying with the Court’s orders, Tokwiro has agreed to implement an IP Block across its Absolute Poker and UltimateBet websites (both .net and .com), plus utlimatebet.tv. The Block will prevent players with IP addresses originating inside the Commonwealth of Kentucky from playing using AP and UB software, logging in or registering a new account, making deposits to the cashier, and transferring or receiving funds from other players. The IP Block will allow players with IP addresses originating in Kentucky to make withdrawals of existing account funds, but these players will not be able to make any new deposits or transfers.

Paul Leggett, Tokwiro’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We have taken this action in order to ensure that the vast number of our customers, who do not reside in Kentucky, continue to have access to our sites and to enjoy playing online poker without disruption or inconvenience.”

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