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Gambling – No Way in Norway

Norway has become the latest European nation to try and block online gambling activity. Its neighbor, Sweden, has also been taking more of a regulatory stance on the activity.Â

Like the US Government, Norway will hold its financial institutions responsible for policing any transactions related to online gambling sites, including those for online poker. reported the possibility of a payment ban for online gambling was mentioned by Culture Minister Trond Giske, when, in reaction to public outcry against the rise in online gambling amongst Norweigans, he said, “We have been monitoring the issue, and are aware of the drastic increase there has been in people turning to help lines and support organisations due to gaming addiction.”

Last week, Sweden carried out a gambling raid on various Internet cafes and clubs throughout the country. Sweden is home to some of the most prominent online gambling venues including Boss Media, Globet and Svenska Spel.

Like most European countries, Sweden is imposing strict conditions on online gaming to prevent gambling addiction, even though Sweden’s first home grown – state-run – poker web site was launched in March. Estimates are that around 200,000 Swedes play poker on the web.