Computer Glitch Defers Kentucky Online Gambling Domain Ruling To Thursday, Oct. 16

The future of 141 online gambling domains was left in the hands of Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate yesterday, but late in the day, the word came down from the judge’s office that the ruling would have to wait until Thursday, October 16th, due to a computer glitch.

The crucial decision will determine the fate of 141 online gambling domains that were originally ordered to be seized on September 18, 2008. These online gambling domains, which include some of the world’s largest online poker rooms – PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, UltimateBet, Bodog Poker, Cake Poker and others – were deemed to be in connection with illegal online gambling within the borders of Kentucky.

At the request of Kentucky’s governor, Steve Beshear, the case was originally heard by Judge Wingate without defense representation or rebuttal of any kind. When a team of defense attorneys requested time to submit a brief, the judge temporarily over-ruled his own decision to allow the Commonwealth of Kentucky to seize the online gambling domain names.

Wingate then stated that he would need time to reconsider his decision, and would hand down his final ruling on October 15th – that was yesterday. The anticipation grew from all interested parties, but alas, no ruling came down. Instead, a fax came from the office of Christine Richards, Secretary to Judge Thomas Wingate, stating simply: “Computer problems. Order will be issued tomorrow.”

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