Norwegian Gambling at Online Casino Sites

The online & offline gambling industry in Norway is monitored & regulated by the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority and this organisation operates directly under the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. At the time of writing, there are only two state-owned gambling monopolies in the country and they include Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto. The Ministry of Culture monitors the activities and day-to-day operations at both of these secure gaming sites.

Norsk Rikstoto and Norsk Tipping are both licensed to offer a broad range of real cash gambling services via the web, but only to Norwegians residents and not to players from outside of Norway. Therefore it is legal for Norwegian players to place a real cash wager online, but only at a limited number of licensed gaming sites.

Norsk Tipping is known for providing Totalizator, lottery-style games and sportsbetting services and in more recent times, this impressive Norwegian gambling portal also added online casino games to its list of products (powered by GTECH G2 software). The other major player, Norsk Rikstoto, is the exclusive provider of horse racing and pari-mutuel betting services.

Although it is not actually illegal for Norwegians to play at offshore-based gaming sites, the act of processing a payment (in other words making a deposit or a withdrawal) IS in fact illegal. This law was passed by the Norwegian government in 2010 and it is often likened to the US 2006 Unlawful Internet Enforcement Act, which also prevents players and payment institutions from processing transactions at various gambling portals.

As recently as 2013, the newly-formed Norwegian government announced that it would be taking steps to implement a more liberal stance towards the current online gambling laws in the country. It also hinted that it would start allowing foreign owners to operate from within Norwegian borders, giving Norwegians legal access to thousands of licensed gambling portals.

However, despite the announcement, Norway’s online gambling laws have remained unchanged to this day and players are still prohibited from being able to gamble in the real cash mode at offshore gaming sites. To this day, the Norwegian government has NOT taken any action against Norwegian players who do gamble at offshore sites, but it has been known for them to ban the IP addresses of certain foreign-owned gambling portals in an attempt to stem the flow of Norwegians from playing at these sites.