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Norway Legalizes Poker Championship

– Until today, poker Championships were not allowed to be held in Norway. In the future, this championship can be held in Norway, says Culture Minister Thorhild Widwey. 

In addition, the government presented a bill to allow private poker game as long as they “do not have an organized and professional purpose.” 

Previously, Norsk Forening for Spillproblematikk (Norwegian Association for Gambling Problems) had warned against the government’s efforts to liberalize the gambling ban. 

– Looking at the big picture, it gives easier access to gambling and there is a greater risk of development of addiction. Also poker tournaments can become a training ground and port to such problems. Moreover, all the advertising that comes with new regulation is a challenge and pressure, says Psychologist Ingjerd Meen Lorvik, who also heads Norsk Forening for Spillproblematikk. 

Gambling in Norway is illegal for the most part. 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. 

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 declare tax winnings made in another country.

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