Casinos in Norway are partially legal and here’s why. The only two companies that are allowed to offer any kinds of gambling services to the residents of this country are Norsk Rikstoto and Norsk Tipping. Norsk Rikstoto controls all types of lotteries, keno, slots, and sports betting. On the other side, Norsk Tipping is the only company that can provide people with betting on horse races.
These two companies have both land-based and online platforms through which people can play/bet on the selected games. No other operator – land-based or online is allowed to offer any types of gambling services to the people as they are considered illegal.
However, Norwegian players often visit off-shore operators and access all the latest casino games on these sites. Even though this activity has been deemed illegal ever since 2008, the players face no charges for registering at these sites as the government does not pursue them. Instead, it goes after the operators. Nevertheless, even though the penalties for operators can be harsh, they are still willing to accept Norwegian players.
As for the laws that regulate gambling activities in Norway, they are the following:
- The Gaming Scheme Act of 1992
- Totalisator Act of 1927
- Lottery Act of 1995
These three acts contain regulations for both land-based and online casinos. The Gaming Scheme Act oversees all activities that Norsk Tipping has. They include betting on all sports except horse racing, gaming machines, lotteries, etc. The Totalisator Act states that betting on horses is legal in Norway but the only company that can provide people with this type of service is Norsk Rikstoto.
Finally, the Lottery Act covers the lotto and all of the regulations concerning this game. According to the Lottery Act, it is prohibited to provide the players of Norway with this game without a license.
Only organizations that have humanitarian purposes are eligible for this type of gambling license. Hence, no commercial operator can obtain a license from the Gaming Authority of Norway. It is worth mentioning that the definition of lottery in Norway includes traditional casino games, betting, slots, bingo, and traditional lotteries.
Finally, one of the most recent laws that were passed was the Payment Act. According to this law, Norwegians are not allowed to use credit and debit cards as payment methods at online casinos.
Norwegian Players Favourite Games
Norwegian players have tons of games that they consider their favourite. As stated earlier, as much as 10% of the population frequently visits online casinos to play the latest gambling games by some of the world’s most reputable providers. With that being said, the one game that can be picked as the favourite is poker.
The reason why poker is the most preferred casino game is that this is one of the few actual casino games that Norwegian players can play at the legal operators in Norway. Ever since 2015, people are even allowed to play poker at home, as long as they follow the rules. They are: the group of people must be from the same region, the number of players cannot exceed 10, the amount of money by each player cannot exceed 1,000 NOK (the Norwegian currency), and finally – the game must take place in a private home and cannot have a professional mark.
Next up, we have lotteries. These games have been legal ever since the 20th century. The state-owned Norsk Tipping is the only operator that has a license to organize these games for gambling reasons only. Other companies that can provide lottery games to the people must be some kinds of charitable/humanitarian organizations.
Sports betting and horse racing betting are also extremely popular. Norsk Rikstoto is the only licensed company that can provide players with horse racing betting services. Sports betting is operated by Norsk Tipping.
Even though these two companies are the only licensed companies in Norway and only they can provide the residents with these types of games when it comes to land-based gambling, Norwegian players can access online casinos which are owned by foreign operators and play all of the aforementioned casino games at any time and place. The good thing about online casinos is that they are fully optimized for mobile and desktop use and players can access them from any device.
Speaking of online casino games, Bitcoin games have started to gain popularity in the recent period as they provide players with a unique gaming experience. All of these games come with HD graphics and fantastic gameplay. Considering the fact that Bitcoin has been on the rise and Norwegian players became fond of using it as a payment method, they get an extra feature as Bitcoin games can only be accessed if the player makes a deposit with this cryptocurrency.
One thing that is worth a mention on this topic is that whenever Norwegian players access online casinos to play the latest poker games, lotteries, etc., they are always checking to see which game providers have supplied the chosen online casino.
They are always looking for reputable game providers as they are synonymous with quality casino games that will provide them with a pleasant gaming experience. With that being said, some of the brands that they are looking for at an online casino are Quickspin, Play’n GO, Playson, NetEnt, Yggdrasil, Red Tiger Gaming, Microgaming, and iSoftBet. Every single one of these providers creates high-quality games in almost every category that players can think of.