Online poker players are not “Getting Lucky in Kentucky”. Kentucky citizens are going to find it very difficult to play online poker. Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet (both on the Cereus network) are the latest online poker rooms to close their doors to residents of Kentucky.
The current poker networks blocking Kentucky:
- Cereus network (AP & UB)
- Cake network (Cake Poker, CardSpike, BetUS & Sportsbook.com)
- Merge Gaming (Aced, Carbon and PDC Poker)
- Microgaming – (DoylesRoom, PokerHost & PokerTime)
The only poker sites I can think of that are still accepting Kentucky citizens are: PokerStars, FullTilt and Bodog.
This all stems from the Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear attempting to seize 141 international gambling domains worldwide. Kentucky claims that these domains are offering illegal gambling to the residents of Kentucky. So the state of Kentucky has a right to these domains? Most of poker networks (Microgaming, Cake & Merge) have IP blocked new Kentucky poker players. The domain seizure appeal hearing is on December 12, 2008. It will be interesting to see what happens. This has been the first major poker cas since the UIGEA passed in 2006.
Also, I must add that I don’t really care for Kentucky, since I received a speeding ticket driving through that damn state.