Kentucky Court Upholds Skill Game Ban

Last week a judge in Kentucky upheld a ban on skill games which are often offered in gas stations and convenience stores across the Bluegrass State.

The ban was signed into law by Governor Andy Beshear last March as part of HB594, effectively ending the large proliferation of machines throughout the state. The machines were popular by many people that live in Kentucky, who lodged the lawsuit against the state. Those players said the ban was in violation of the state's constitution and that it violated free speech.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd rejected those claims, saying that they had no merit. In his ruling Shepherd wrote: "It was entirely unreasonable, based on Kentucky's long history of regulating gambling… for an investor to expect that any machine operating on the fringe zones of legality as a gambling device would be exempt from subsequent regulation or prohibition by the legislature."

Shepherd issued a summary judgment dismissing the suit, although it is possible that an appeal could be lodged.

Casino Listings News is following this story and will update readers as we learn more.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.


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