Last week, a press release from the State of Kentucky revealed that the US Department of Justice paid $6 Million to the state in exchange for their release of their claim against PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. Now it appears that the reports was in error and in fact that the only sites no longer being pursued by Kentucky are Ultimatebet.com and AbsolutePoker.com.
According to the press release issued by Governor Steve Beshear’s office this past Thursday, ” An early version of yesterday’s announcement erroneously stated that the Commonwealth had settled its lawsuits against PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. The state actually settled with the U.S. government, not with the online companies, and the
settlement was reached by releasing the Commonwealth’s claims against certain other
According to the press release, the state only released their claims against the domain names absolutepoker.com and ultimatebet.com in order for the US government to auction of the domains. In addition, the press release revealed that the domains of truepoker.com, doylesroom.com, and bookmaker.com were auctioned off and Kentucky received $75,000 from the proceeds of the sales.
In regards to their claims against PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, the Commonwealth still plans to pursue lawsuits against the two sites and also revealed in the press release that the US Government has released their claim to PokerStars.com. According to the press release, the Franklin Circuit Court has thrown out PokerStars’ motion to dismiss and has ordered the company to submit to discovery.
Justice Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown said that “This settlement with the US government in the online gambling case increases our resolve to go after the bad actors in the online gambling industry which continue to run roughshod over the regulations designed to protect our consumers. We will not rest until all these unauthorized companies are held accountable for their actions.