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September 26, 2008

If You Live In Kentucky...

by Luckbox

You may want to move.

Gamblers in Kentucky will no longer have access to some online casinos. Kentucky's Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin says some casino operators have begun voluntarily blocking access to Kentuckians.

This comes a week after commonwealth officials filed a lawsuit against them at the behest of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. Brislin says the commonwealth's objective is to shut down the Web sites only in Kentucky. Settlement negotiations were underway before a court hearing today in the legal disupte over whether Kentucky had the right to block residents from accessing certain websites.

Ultimately, Kentucky wants 141 different domains to block access to Kentuckians or to relinquish control of those domains to the commonwealth. Last week, a judge actually ordered the domains be transferred pending a hearing at which the sites may object.

Sites affected include Pokerstars.com and BodogLife.com, among others. AbsolutePoker.com is also affected, but I think we can all agree that Kentucky can have that one.

Online gambling is illegal in Kentucky as it is in all 50 states. At least, online gambling that isn't horse betting, lotteries or sports betting is illegal in all 50 states. And that's what this comes down to. Horse betting is a massive industry in Kentucky. The governor's theory is that online gaming is costing Kentucky money because those people would otherwise be betting on horses.

Whatever.

So, like I said, if you live in Kentucky, now is a good time to call Two Men and a Truck.

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