Kentucky Ruling Kills US Gaming?

November 12, 2008

By Simon Collins, Director, Cashcade Ltd.

As MicroGaming pulls out of thirteen US States, due to fall out from the recent Kentucky domain name seizure case, the collapse of the US gaming market appears to have begun.

The states no longer able to play on MicroGaming software include Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. Combined with a possible 60 Minute show focused on the offshore based US facing sites, this could prove to be a very rocky period for the private operators who still take US play.

MicroGaming and a large number of its sites have been targeted in the ongoing domain-name seizure attempt orchestrated by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. The company privately announced its decision last week to depart from the above jurisdictions (including Kentucky), in its entirety. The move affects all poker sites that the MicroGaming network serves, including the prominent Doyle’s Room site. A contact to Doyle’s Room support verified the situation.

A handful of independent Poker and Casino sites have also stopped taking business from Kentucky residents, as has the small Merge poker network. That network features sites including Carbon Poker, PDC Poker, Reefer Poker and a few others, none of which – despite the firm’s voluntary withdrawal from Kentucky – were even listed among the 141 domains listed in the state’s seizure order.

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