Thursday, October 16, 2008

Kentucky

As if online gaming needed any more drama.  Seriously.

Kentucky has decided to go after the online poker sites.  Yep.  The home of horse racing has decided it can't sit idly by while their residents blow a small fortune - or the food stamp money, whichever is more - playing online poker when they should be spending that money ON HORSE RACING. 

I kid you not.

Click here to read the court decision.

What a joke.  I was listening to a recent episode of Poker Road Radio where I believe it was Court Harrington that commented to this effect, "You can't ban one form of gambling just because you want to encourage another form of gambling."  Amen, brother.  Amen.

Leave it to a Bible Belt state to attempt the most egregiously hypocritical manuever of all time.  To that end, the State's Attorney has filed a lawsuit that will grant ownership of 141 IPs to the State of Kentucky so that they can prevent the residents of Kentucky from gambling online.  I suppose the next step would be to FORCE them to gamble those $$ at the nearest track. 

It's only a small step from there to outright banning computers because they keep people in their homes and away from the nearest OTB.

I can't wait for the court to determine that computers are a just virtual casinos and brothels and should be banned from Kentucky.  Let them seize all the computers and ban further sales.  No more problem.  End of story. 

3 comments:

Erik said...

Harrington's comment is ignorant. This happens in nearly every state and in UIGEA. So yes you CAN and they DO ban one form of gambling while encouraging another.

Gadzooks64 said...

Harrington's comment isn't ignorant. If anything it strikes at the heart of the matter: the hypocrisy of allowing only some forms of gambling (state lotteries, bingo, horse racing, etc.) while banning others.

MacAnthony said...

Tell me more about these virtual brothels...