On January 31st, 2009, the Norwegian government approved a proposal to try and barred online poker gaming and other casino gaming to-from the residents of Norway. Enforcement of the brand new proposal is not expected until the middle of 2009 at the earliest as the Norwegian government still needs to polish the regulations that will be under the brand new anti-online gaming regulations.
The Scandinavian country's Financial Services Association, as well as many other important financial institutions in Norway, was against to the approval of the bill, which bears a lot of similarities to the UIGEA or the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which was approved by the United States government on October 13th, 2006. The proposed online poker gaming ban, which would also include all gaming transactions-just like the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, was justified by the Norwegian officials who said that the new law would help protect gambling addicts.
One of the senior legal advisors of Norway is already predicting that the bill will end up before the European Court of Justice. Some critics of the new law are saying that the Norwegian government is just trying to block online gaming to ensure the monopoly of the state-managed Norsk Tipping Lottery.
Norsk Tipping features different variety of lottery games, sports games and instant games in the Norwegian gaming market and is managed by the government and administered by the Ministry of Culture. Since opening in 1948, Norsk Tipping have given NOK 78 billion to different causes around Norway.