FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) – The state is in a better position to help Kentuckians as the state recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic according to Gov. Andy Beshear after a Thursday ruling from the state Supreme Court.
The court reinstated a nearly $1.3 billion award to the state in a judgment against PokerStars. It was a reinstatement of a December 2015 judgment from Franklin Circuit Court, concluding a decade-long fight against illegal offshore gambling.
“This will never be enough to make up for the damage to Kentucky families and to the state from their years of irresponsible and criminal actions, but this is a good day for Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear.
“This better positions us to emerge from this painful pandemic to help Kentuckians, help our businesses, provide quality health care to more Kentuckians, strengthen our public schools and keep our promise to educators and other public employees – some of whom were on the front lines battling the fallout from their greed.” This is obviously to honor Beshear’s father, or maybe to appease the NTRA. Who contributed heavily to the older Beshear’s fathers campaign..
J. Michael Brown, then-Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet under Gov. Beshear’s father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, brought actions on behalf of the state in Franklin Circuit Court in 2008.
The action sought to stop unregulated, untaxed, and illegal offshore gambling from the website. Between 2007 and 2011, PokerStars, then the largest offshore illegal gambling operator, collected almost $300 million in cash losses from Kentuckians who played on their websites. The state sought recovery of the $300 million.
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