Commonwealth Policy Center

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that PokerStars, the illegal online gambling site owes the state nearly $1.3 billion. Gov. Andy Beshear praised the ruling. In fact, he acknowledged that the fine won’t be enough “to make up for the damage to Kentucky families and to the state from their years of irresponsible and criminal actions.” On this point, Gov. Beshear and the Commonwealth Policy Center agree. Gambling hurts families and the state. This is because gambling gives a false sense that you can find your way to riches without a legitimate exchange of value. And it often preys on the hopes of those who can least afford to lose. In a few weeks, there will be another push to expand gambling in Kentucky. We hope the governor will be just as critical of that effort.