Kentucky Online Casino Plans Faltering

Kentucky Governor’s Online Casino Plans Faltering

Kentucky has been one of the centres of controversy in the recent eventful months that online gambling has gone through. This is thanks in no small part to the actions of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear who has turned out to be one of the biggest enemies of online gambling progress not just in the United States, but also around the world. One would think that the governor of one of the middle-sized states within the country would not have that kind of power, but when the governor goes ahead and seizes a number of online gambling domain names because he feels they are providing unfair competition for the indigenous gambling industry, he certainly can have that kind of power in a way that was never meant for him to actually pursue. The legal nuances of the case are so complicated in fact that very few people feel comfortable commenting on who is legally correct even as many people are lambasting the governor for being morally incorrect in a free market society.

Governor Beshear has in particular taken heat from a part of his own base of supporters. The supporters see the governor as having broken some very important election promises and for that reason are even now attempting to take the governor down. He promised that there would be no new taxes, that government spending would be cut down and that casinos within the state would be legalized. However, it appears as though Beshear has broken all three of those promises in quick succession and for that reason is quickly becoming persona non grata within his own party as well as within the rest of the state. One has to wonder what his future is going to be should he continue on with this plan of seizing domain names of online casinos and online gambling institutions.

In fact, Governor Beshear might not even have the opportunity to continue through with the policy even if he wanted to as his side appears to be losing the court case that is currently being waged in Kentucky courts. The main reason for this is quite simply the unreasonable nature of the state’s case which is forcing them to come up with wild arguments to cover up loopholes that have been created by the defence. The main push of the state’s argument is that the domain names are gambling devices and for that reason can be seized by the state if such devices are not allowed within the state borders. In addition to that however, state lawyers believe that the gambling device definition is broad enough to apply to busses that take residents to other states as well, something that is so convoluted that one needs to pause and think for a moment in order to follow the logic of the state on that particular case.

In the end, unreasonable government actions tend to falter when they are taken to task in the legal system and that definitely does appear to be happening to Governor Beshear in this case that could very well determine the future of his political career with its final verdict.

Online Casinos and Gambling Websites Fight Back


What started out as nothing more than just an amusing way for a gambling junkie to pass their time in news reading has now become a very serious case that could see one of the biggest and most promising up and coming industries quite literally declare war against one of the states in the United States. Things have gotten very ugly in this case and there is more than one person that is now regretting laughing at what had been happening in the case before.

 The case in question is of course the case of Kentucky versus online casino gambling. The state of Kentucky, in an effort to curb what they view as problem gambling through online gambling resorts, have received a court order to take over website domain names for different major online gambling websites. This has resulted in some registrars refusing to comply, but others going along with it. According to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, the reason this is being done is to protect the children from predatory online gambling that could result in them losing their money on their parents’ money at a time when losing money is not something that people can afford to do. It is a classic protecting you from you argument and it is one that has worked wonders against other negatively viewed industries in other states during the course of US history.

 However, what the state of Kentucky did not count on was the fierce response they would get in return. After two years of being pushed around by US justice authorities, the online casino industry has developed quite a thick skin. Not only have they developed a thick skin, but they have also developed attrition tactics of their own and now that Beshear has indicated that he has no intentions of stopping his crusade, those attrition powers are going to be put into full effect in an attempt to get the Kentucky state government to back off.

 While Beshear may tell people that he is doing this to protect children and others from predatory online casino websites, the truth of the matter is as online gambling activists have pointed out. They state quite plainly that this is about tax revenues, the proof of which is that online gambling websites that deliver money into Kentucky’s coffers are not targeted by the current actions of the government. For this reason, the online casino industry has launched a counter-gambit against the government of Kentucky, urging people to boycott the government. Anything that is built by the government, sold by the government or adds revenue to the government, is going to be covered under this boycott. Such a blatantly aggressive move has never been tried by the online casino industry as a whole before, so it will be very interesting indeed to see where it goes. The only certain thing at the moment is that it appears that both sides are now dug in and are going to fight this thing out to the finish.