A lawyer for Interactive Gaming Council has said that Kentucky officials are trying to make online gaming sites pay rather than stop the state's residents from paying.

Jeff Ifrah represents more than 50 of the firms which have had domain names seized and he believes that forcing the companies to pay would be preferable to the state's attorneys, reports Card Player.

Judge Thomas Wingate recently ruled that the online poker sites had until December 3rd to stop Kentucky's residents from playing on the internet.

If this is done, the commonwealth will not take the domain names and will not have to "pay retribution".

This is despite arguments by the attorneys representing the sites in question, claiming that Kentucky is overstepping its legal boundaries.

Among the sites that found their domain names seized were Doyles Room, 888, UltimateBet and CakePoker.

The move was spearheaded by Governor Steve Beshear, who argued that the online poker industry was illegal and took away funds from legitimate gambling activities in the region.