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   Monday, July 15 2024 
Norway: Legalization of low-stakes poker

In Norway, the market of poker is restricted on the contrary of the market of gambling in other countries of the European Union such as France, Italy, Northern Ireland as well as Great Britain. According to the last report of the Norwegian government, the market of poker could finally be legalized in Norway within the next coming months, but only for low-stakes games. But before the implementation of the legalized industry of poker in this country, the government intends to establish a policy which will protect the accounts of players and which will control gambling revenue. The market of poker and gambling in Norway will be reserved to local operators, but the government is also examining the expansion of this market. Thus, some studies are going to be carried out later for the granting of licenses to foreigner operators and about the possible impact as well in the country as throughout the European Union.

Before 2013, Norway still counted numerous poker rooms but since this year, the government has forbidden any kind of online poker. The practice of poker became illegal in the country; however, it hasn’t prevented enthusiasts to play but in other countries. The Ulster and the United States became the hosting lands of Norwegian poker players, following the example of Annette Obrestad, Thor Hansen, Andreas Hoivold or Johnny Lodden. For example in Ireland, some poker tournaments reserved to Norwegians are regularly organized.

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