Norway Gears Up to Ban Online Casinos

This is something of a cruel twist for Norwegian poker players after they have just witnessed Annette Obrestad, the most prolific online tournament player in the world, capture the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. At the same final table four more Scandinavians were competing for the title.

Norwegian Culture Minister Giske made it clear that he is opposed to online gambling, which he sees as a huge risk for problem gamblers. Last year he tried to ban slot machines, with the result that they are less aggressive in Norway. Although online gambling is already illegal in Norway, this is not enforced. The new bill would block Norwegian IP addresses from accessing online gambling sites as well as restrict transactions between banks and gambling operators.

Scandinavia is experiencing the most sporadic and chaotic regulation of poker in Europe. Earlier this year Denmark ruled that poker was a game of skill in a crown court but in Sweden the government has significantly clamped down on illegal poker activity.

Despite that, Scandinavian poker players have managed to develop into one of the dominant forces in world poker with Annette Obrestad’s bracelet being a clear testament to that.

Source: Online Casino News

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