Gambling and Online Casinos in
|Gambling in Norway is more restricted
than in any other first world country. Norway's position as an oil rich nation
has allowed its government to ignore the temptation to regulate legal gambling
for tax revenue purposes. Its position as a member of the European Economic
Area, rather than a member of the European Union, allowed it to win a surprise
ruling by the European Free Trade Association in 2007 to permit a state
monopoly on gambling.
Two state companies exist. Norsk Tipping runs
games of chance like the Lotto, online casino games and a small amount of
sports betting. Norsk Rikstoto runs the equivalent of the Tote, parimutual
betting on horse racing.
As of May 2019 the Norwegian Gaming Authority
known as Lottstift has gained powers to clamp down on operators offering
services without the relevant licence. A ban on payments to and from unlicensed
gambling operators has been in effect since 2011. Now Banks and other payment
service providers in Norway are required to investigate all payment
transactions to and from an operator that does not hold a licence in the
country, and report such activities to Lottstift.
There are no legal casinos in Norway. Even
cruise ships in Norways' territorial waters (12 nuatical miles from the coast
line) do not have functioning casinos.
The good news is that the Norwegian
government has not banned gambling online so you have plenty of choice if you
are looking for a casino
online that has multiple langauge and currency options including
Sports betting is moderately popular but no where near the
scale it is in the UK and less than it is in neighbouring Sweden. The state run
operator's website has limited sports betting options but all major
international bookmakers have Norwegian sections of their
Racing is restricted to 12 tracks. There are 11 harness racing tracks and one
track, Øvrevoll Galoppbane, which is regular horse racing which has a
turf and all weather surface and is about 10km from central Oslo.
Tote (Norsk Rikstoto)
operates the parimutual betting shops in the 12 racetracks in Norway with the
governemnt taking 3.7 of the turnover as a taxation.
They also offer a
range of V bets which are V4, V5, V64, V65, V75 and V86. These are all versions
of a jackpot similar to the UK's Tote jackpot. V4 is just a four legged jackpot
with multiple picks if you wish.
V75 is a tote jackpot but you get
consolation prizes if you get 5 or 6 correct. The minimum bet per line is 0.06
Euros. The pools are joined with those in Sweden so as to build a bigger
jackpot. Prizes have reached over NoK 100 million.
outlets do not exist as they do elsewhere like Sweden.
Slot machines were banned in 2007 but
were replaced by IVTs (Interactive Video Terminals) two years later. These can
only be played by players in posssesion of a players card with which the state
controls the limit of spend.
Norwegian citizens take to poker easily. Until
very recently this too was banned in Norway. But a recommendation in 2004 by
Culture prompted a change in the gambling law. So in 2015 the first ever
Norwegian Poker Championship was held in Oslo. Previous tournaments with the
same name were held in Ireland, England, Latvia, and Sweden. Oslo-born Felix
Stephensen won the event where 1,973 players paid 5,000 NoK to
Viking Lotto is
a cooperation between the national lotteries in Norway, Sweden, Denmark,
Iceland, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Viking Lotto started in 1993
and was the first of its kind in Europe.
Norsk Tipping Lotto is a
lottery run by the Norwegian state since 1986 and is drawn once per week. Its a
34 number game where the jackpot needs 7 out of 7 correct numbers to win or 1
There are no set prizes but it varies on the pool size and
how many winners of each section there are. The five different prizes are match
7, match 6+1, match 6, match 5 and the bottom is match 4+1. The highest jackpot
so far is Nok 25 million. The Oksnes family are famous in Norway for having
three different members win the jackpot over a period of six years from 2006 to
2012. They won 12.2, 8.2 million and 8.4 million Kroner.