News about the poker market in Norway continues to highlight the situation with Betsson. The poker operator has been warned by the Gaming and Foundation Authority (Lottstift) about the consequences if it doesn’t quit providing services in the country.
It is important to mention that the government-owned operator Norsk Tipping has the exclusive right to offer online gambling products in Norway.
Lottstift asked Betsson to close sites in Norway
The story started when Betsson got an official letter from the regulator, which stated that the company had to leave the Norwegian market. A period of three weeks was given to it for quitting the operations, otherwise, the company would be required to pay a penalty. Betsson has Malta’s license that doesn’t permit the operator to provide services in Norway, according to its law. At the same time, it has found a loophole – the current monopoly contradicts the European free trade regulations.
According to the gambling regulations in Norway, digital poker isn’t completely banned – it is allowed on special platforms, which hold a license. Despite this, players from Norway often search for offshore websites because they have better and more beneficial conditions.
Betsson is going to dispute the prohibition
The poker operator decided to hold its own and didn’t disappear from the market. The company is going to continue its operation and has got legal support to litigate Lottstift’s claim. While the lawyers will be considering the case, Betsson will be offering its services to Norwegian players. According to its representative, the contradiction between the EU and Norwegian law creates the problem as Betsson isn’t the only operator, which has got a notice from the regulator.
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