A court in Kentucky, USA, has ordered the seizure of 141 international gambling domain names from all sectors of the industry.
The court order has come as a shock to online gambling providers. All sectors of the industry have been affected by this descision including online bingo sites, sportsbetting, casino and poker. The software providers for the websites have also been involved in the injunction.
During a court hearing last week they found enough evidence to be convinced that the 141 domain names were being used for illegal gambling use in the state of Kentucky.
Steve Beshear, Kentucky governor said “Unlicensed, unregulated, illegal internet gambling poses a tremendous threat to the citizens of the Commonwealth because of its ease, availability and anonmity”.
Steve Beshear is behind Kentucky’s anti-online gambling law and spoke of the dangers associated with online gambling and money laundering.
Michael Brown, secretary of justice, instigated that this was bought before the court in Kentucky. The court has now issued an order for the registars to transfer the domain names.
Barney Frank’s bill will be called to vote later this week and if overturned then online gambling in the USA will be reassessed.