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10|30|2008 02:36 pm EDT

Poker Rooms Blocking Access From 13 States

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous

Poker website DoylesRoom.com released a statement to customers today (PDF) informing them that the site would begin blocking access from several States starting October 30th.  Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Washington and of course Kentucky were listed as the States that whose IP addresses would be blocked from accessing the poker client from DoylesRoom.com

According to a previous article about Doyles the site was shut-down following the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. They relaunched later using a new software ran by Microgaming Networks. Microgaming’s site confirms in a press release that Doyle’s began using their services in 2007.  It is likely that all sites that use Microgaming software will also begin blocking access from these States. A cached page on onlinepoker.org shows that Eurolinx Poker has also made this announcement.

The release follows on the heels of the Kentucky domain name hearings.  DoylesRoom.com was one of the domain names that was listed in the 141 domains that were ordered to be seized by Kentucky.  During the hearings, an argument was presented that these sites could begin blocking access from specific IP addresses to prevent access from users in Kentucky and other states.  Judge Thomas Wingate ordered that the domain seizure be upheld unless representatives from these sites could demonstrate access from Kentucky residents was being prohibited.  By adding Kentucky and 12 additional states to the list of banned IPs, it appears that Microgaming is playing it as safe as possible.

According to PokerPages, yesterday Merge Poker Network became one of the first poker providers to begin blocking access from Kentucky.

Thanks to a DNN.com reader for tipping us off on these developments.

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