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Norway To Relax Anti-Poker Laws

'Poker Championships' Can Be Held There, Home Game OK Looks Likely


The country of Norway reportedly is going to relax its anti-gambling laws.

According to The Nordic Page, the Norwegian government presented a bill to allow private home poker game as long as they “do not have an organized and professional purpose.” In other words, as long as there isn’t rake or other fees.

Also, “poker championships” were not allowed to be held in Norway, but that has been officially reversed, a government official said.

Poker championships mean poker tournaments.

The report added:

Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto are the two 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…Except games offered by Norsk Tipping, all other forms of online gambling are illegal.

The news is good for online high-stakes pro Ola “Odd Oddsen” Amundsgaard, who has been fighting for poker players’ rights in Norway for quite some time. Last year, Amundsgaard played a politician in heads-up battle to highlight the fact that poker is a game of skill.

Tags: Norway