A new gambling law which upsets the whole Norwegian poker community has just been passed into law by the government of Norway. The new law will make it illegal for banks in Norway to process transactions to casinos and poker/casino/betting sites outside Norway.
How they will stop people from using Neteller, MoneyBookers and other e-wallets - we will just have to wait and see. The new law will com[...] Read more » The new gambling law which upsets the whole Norwegian poker community
Joined: Dec '08
Age: 62 (M)
Its ridiculous that governments make online poker/gambling bank-transactions illegal. They better find ways to get their share of the profits instead, by taxing the high-profit players in an honest way.
Joined: Jan '10
Age: 52 (M)
I am not afraid that the legislators in my country would do that kind of a thing in near future. They are trying to stop gaming companies from advertising and at the same time a licenced monopoly slot machine company (RAY) are starting internet poker for people living in Finland. Top poker players like Ilari Sahamies pay tax from some of their winnings (FTP) so it would not make sense to drive players out of the country. Of course, some people may move abroad anyway but there are many reasons for that like weather, closeness to live casinos, etc in addition to tax laws and gaming legislation. Our countrymen and -women haven't done very well at Winter Games this time so let us concentrate on poker and motor sports.
Joined: Feb '10
Age: 40 (M)
Well it's a little bit strange. E-wallets can't be illegal for someone. So this law is only uncomfortable but not a real problem. As i see. What about my country? They are trying to get some of our internet poker money, but they efforts are hopeless. yet...
Joined: Apr '09
Age: 41 (M)
They dont stop people to use online payment systems, but they can stop banks to transfer there, to some of those sites. Those who have agreements with gaming sites, like moneybookers. But you can always open acounts in foreign banks and do your transfers through those banks!
Joined: Feb '10
Age: 36 (M)
Ridiculous . As much as I know, most players use Neteller and Moneybookers anyways, and noones going to stop because of that just a little bit uncomfty. What they will achieve with that is desire for very profitable players to move abroad.