poker from norway

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    • musashi87
      musashi87
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      Poker in Norway
      All forms of live poker are forbidden in Norway. There used to be a number of poker halls around the country, especially in Oslo, but the police have been slowly cracking down on the underground clubs. By 2007 none remained. This has not dampened the spirits of Norwegian poker players and the game is still very popular in certain circles.

      Norway has produced some amazing poker players over the years. Perhaps the most well-known player is Annette Obrestad, who goes by the online handle Annette_15. This high school dropout has won at least $USD 3.3 million, including a $2 million prize from her big WSOP win (she was only 18 when she won) and $500,000 from various Pokerstars online tournaments. Obrestad has said she prefers playing online poker.

      Online Poker in Norway
      Online gambling in Norway is legal, but only at state-run gambling sites. There are no internet poker sites in Norway, only lotto and sportsbooks. As of December 2008, the Norwegian government has made it illegal for players to gamble at foreign online poker sites, so Norweigans are facing a difficult situation when trying to play online.

      The EU is against the online gambling ban, but since Norway is not a full EU state, not much can be done. Norway wants to have a monopoly on all internet gambling, and it seems they are getting what they want. But despite the ban, Norwegian players will still use foreign online poker sites, since the government has no jurisdiction where these foreign sites are located. They are trying to prevent banks from processing payments to internet poker sites, but players still find ways to fund their accounts.
    • ExternalUseOnly
      ExternalUseOnly
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      Joined: 30.01.2010 Posts: 3,373
      Oh wow i didn't know about the situation in norway tbh that sucks.

      I guess this answers your question pretty well Aruniux :(


      P.s. I always thought annette obrestad was Dutch i have no idea why :D
    • Aruniux
      Aruniux
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      Joined: 04.04.2011 Posts: 207
      i mean i will live from my job sallary, i dont want cashout from poker site only play and increase my br, for bigger lvl of poker, so if i will play in pokerstars from norway but do not cash out they cant catch me? or can? :)
    • musashi87
      musashi87
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      Originally posted by Aruniux
      i mean i will live from my job sallary, i dont want cashout from poker site only play and increase my br, for bigger lvl of poker, so if i will play in pokerstars from norway but do not cash out they cant catch me? or can? :)
      I guess situation of on-line poker in Norway is similar to Poland(where I'm from). It's illegal to play but government has no way to catch you playing if you do not use direct money transfers from your local bank account to poker site or the other way around.
      I see players from Norway in PokerStars from time to time so you probably won't have difficulties logging from Norway.
      You still have to contact PokerStars support before that though, cos they can temporally freeze your account if you start logging from different country.
    • LONGPLAY66
      LONGPLAY66
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      Joined: 17.05.2009 Posts: 228
      Results for 2011 WCOOP Event #20, $215 Fixed-Limit Hold'em

      1st place: RiskStar (Norway) - $35,244
      2nd place: lennie1987 (Netherlands) - $25,454
      3rd place: gbeyond (Canada) - $18,992.60
      4th place: Stjerneskud (Denmark) - $14,195.50
      5th place: PokerArtChee (Singapore) - $9,868.32
      6th place: NeoNH5 (Russia) - $7,832
      7th place: PycV (Latvia) - $5,874
      8th place: ImaLucSac (Canada) - $3,916
      9th place: Kwiq (Germany) - $2,349.60