Kentucky Governor Cracks Down On Online Gambling

First state to take legal action

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has announced he wants to shut down 141 illegal Internet gambling sites in the state in an effort to stop unregulated online gaming.

Beshear has filed a civil suit against the 141 domain names and is asking the court to force the sites to block access to Kentucky users or give up control of their domain names.

Governor Steve Beshear
Governor Steve Beshear

"Unlicensed, unregulated, illegal Internet gambling poses a tremendous threat to the citizens of the Commonwealth because of its ease, availability and anonymity," Governor Steve Beshear said. 

"The owners and operators of these illegal sites prey on Kentucky citizens, including our youth, and deprive the Commonwealth of millions of dollars in revenue.  It’s an underworld wrought with scams and schemes."

Kentucky is the first state to bring action against Internet gambling operators that has resulted in the seizure of domain names. By seizing the domain names, Kentucky can require the illegal casino operators to block their domains from being accessed in the state.

Beshear said Kentucky loses millions of dollars a year to online gambling and unlicensed Internet gambling significantly undermines Kentucky’s signature horseracing industry, by creating unregulated and untaxed competition.

Secretary J. Michael Brown said that site owners, who register domain names, agree to terms that the domain name will not be used for illegal purposes. He said some online gambling sites currently block access to Kentucky users.

"Governor Beshear has once again demonstrated that he is willing to take bold and innovative steps to protect Kentuckians and Kentucky’s legitimate businesses," Secretary Brown said. 

"Illegal Internet gambling poses a unique threat to our Commonwealth.  For individuals – particularly our youth – it is tantamount to a virtual home invasion.  For some of our vital and most venerable legitimate enterprises, it undermines their exemplary regulatory compliance and siphons away their constituents."

Read the related followup article "A Closer Look At Kentucky’s Online Gambling Plan: Industry Angry".

Kentucky Governor Cracks Down On Online Gambling
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  • mike

    if the governor beshear cant make his election promises he needs to leave it alone.its just a time killer.

  • Casino Employee

    Well, all I have to say that this clearly demonstrates where the man gets his campaign funding from.

    To say that these online gaming operators are illegal and unregulated is rediculous, especially when you consider that many of the online casino and poker sites are licensed and regulated by various governement and other organisations.

    Many gaming opertaors were taken by total surprise that this has actually come to pass.

  • Guest

    Is Steve Beshear fucking stupid? Some of these domains aren’t even hosted in the US… Or even registered in the US… The most he can do is block the sites… He cant shut them down. This is an embarassment to all peoples of Kentucky. Who would elect a dumbass like this????

    • Guest

      We won’t be voting for him next time, in fact we are seriously thing about moving to another state !

  • Guest


    • Stephanie

      I really think it should be our choice. I am not happy with knowing that someone is deciding for me what i want or don’t want to do. I have also contacted my congressman about this; whether it will do any good or not I don’t know. I believe that the whole main reason behind not wanting this in Kentucky is because there not getting anything from it. GREEDY. I am ashamed to say that I live here at all.

  • Guest

    Beshear must be high on Korntuckee bluegrass. He is a
    buzzard licking his beak when he flies over the Ohio River.

  • Guest


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      Please let me know why they have right to seize domains.

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    Besides creating ways for youths to wager, Beshear said, unlicensed online casino site undermines horse racing by creating untaxed competition, makes it difficult to trace online laundering schemes and lacks consumer protections to ensure that people actually receive their winnings.

  • http://www.legalonlinecasino.net/ legal online casino

    the state could not seize about 141 online gambling domains because they do not constitute a gambling device

  • Guest

    I think some local gaming is lobbying lawmaker to wipe out competition, still gambler is the loser ( morally and financially ).. follow the money..

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