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Online Poker Giant Seeks to Penetrate Norwegian Ban

A famous online poker site is currently in negotiations with ten European countries considering a licensing poker and other gambling games online, writes Dagens NƦringsliv.

Norway is one of the desired market for the company, but is also one of the few European countries with a ban on organized poker and other gambling games. It does not scare marketing director Fredrik Ekdahl at the company. 

– We are ready to be taxed for gaming revenue, and to be subject to Norwegian control authority in exchange for a license, he said referring to their experience in Denmark.

According to Lotteritilsynet, the gross revenue from Norwegian players to foreign gambling websites is around five billion annually. 

About Gambling in Norway

Gambling in Norway is for the most part illegal in Norway. Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto are the 2 only companies allowed to offer gambling services to Norwegian citizens. Norsk Tipping offers games like lotteries, sports betting, Keno and several others. Norsk Tipping is wholly state-owned company under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture and Church affairs, with rules about what times of day, and how much money players can bet. As of January 2011 all players have to be over 18 years of age to play all games of Norsk Tipping, except scratch tickets. Norsk Rikstoto is also state-owned and is the only company authorised to arrange horse race betting.

It is legal to arrange gambling parties at home, as long as these parties are not organised as a business. Except games offered by Norsk Tipping, all other forms of online gambling are illegal, with the government working towards stopping foreign companies from operating in Norway. In June 2010 the Norwegian Government passed a law that forced all banks in Norway to deny the customers the use of credit and debit cards at land and online casinos all over the world.

Norwegian citizens are also required to tax winnings made in another country.

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