Poker News in Brief: Oct. 19-25, 2009

Howard Lederer
Full Tilt Poker's Howard Lederer takes on the State of Kentucky heads-up.

It was another busy week in the poker world as the World Poker Tour descended upon Las Vegas for the annual Festa al Lago main event, the PokerStars European Poker Tour went back to Warsaw and the World Series of Poker Circuit set attendance records in Hammond, Indiana.

As usual, there were several stories that didn't quite make the front page of PokerListings.com and as part of our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature, we've posted them below.

This week, Kentucky's attempt to seize 141 online gaming domain names went to the State's Supreme Court, Full Tilt took Kentucky to court in the UK, Zynga's popular Facebook poker found a competitor and the Scandinavian poker world continued to square off on Titan Poker.

Supreme Court hears online gaming domain name seizure appeal

Kentucky's Supreme Court heard arguments this week in the State's appeal of a decision by the Kentucky Court of Appeals blocking the seizure of 141 domain names belonging to online gambling sites.

In a 2-to-1 decision, the Appeals Court rejected Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's claim that Kentucky players and the Internet gambling sites were acting in violation of state law. The decision held that a lower court had wrongly applied the state's "gambling devices" statute to justify the seizure of the domain names.

Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association attorney Jon L. Fleischaker, along with attorneys representing Sportsbook.com and the Interactive Gaming Council, asked the Supreme Court to uphold the decision, calling Gov. Beshear's efforts "intellectually dishonest."

"They made up a process that is totally lacking in due process," Fleischaker said.

A decision is not expected before the end of the year.

Jens Kyllonen
Not so random Scandie.

The Scandinavian Titan Championship

Titan Poker continues to gear up for the 2009 Scandinavian Titan Championship final set for December.

The Championship is a league that runs exclusively for Titan Poker players from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland including weekly battles leading up to the finals in December.

The winner of each weekly tournament receives a seat in the Dec. 20 final featuring a $2,500 guaranteed prize.

Twelve players have already qualified for the final and Sweden leads the overall standings.

For more information check out Titan's Scandinavian Titan Championship page.

Full Tilt Poker defeats Kentucky in UK court

In a case directly related to the Kentucky Supreme Court online gaming domain name seizure appeal, Full Tilt poker has defeated the State of Kentucky.

Despite the Kentucky Court of Appeals decision blocking the seizure of 141 domain names belonging to online gambling sites, Full Tilt took Kentucky to court in the United Kingdom, claiming the State did not have the jurisdiction to block its domain.

This week, the UK High Court issued a judgment in favor of the site, claiming Kentucky cannot enforce its seizure order against the Full Tilt Poker domain names throughout the UK.

Play poker for prizes on Facebook

Zynga's Texas Hold'em Facebook application, one of the most popular games on the social networking site with more than 15 million monthly users, now has a little competition.

Poker 4 Prizes is a brand new Facebook poker application with a twist.

Instead of players competing merely for points, Poker 4 Prizes players can exchange the points for real prizes, ranging from Apple IPods to GPS systems and even an all-expenses paid cruise.

The application is also running a number of promotions including giving away a flash drive to players who submit screenshots of certain poker hands and IPod Shuffles to anyone spotted playing 3 days in a row.

For more information check out the Facebook application page.

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