Appellate Court Overturns Seizure of Gambling Domains

Yesterday, the Kentucky Court of Appeals overturned a seizure and forfeiture order for 141 domains used to promote, conduct or advance illegal gambling. The list of 141 domains contained popular gambling sites including: fulltiltpoker.com, indiancasino.com, bet21.com, allslots.com, bodoglife.com, bookmaker.com, sportsbook.com, sportsbetting.com, superslots.com, pokerstars.com, doylesroom.com and goldenpalace.com.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals concluded that Internet domain names are not gambling devices, and as such are not subject to forfeiture. The appellate panel also stated that only the General Assembly should be allowed to determine whether domain names are defined as gambling devices not the courts or the state Justice Cabinet.

The Appellate court did not address whether the state has the authority to seize domain names.