PokerStars formally withdrew from the Norway market on Thursday for “industrial causes.” [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Many followers of on-line poker in Norway at the moment are looking out for a brand new platform. Flutter Leisure-owned PokerStars is now not accepting gamers from the nation, shutting down its Norwegian operations on Thursday after being in marketplace for greater than 20 years. The operator cited “industrial causes” as the explanation for the exit.
Customers in Norway will nonetheless have the ability to entry their accounts for a while, permitting them to withdraw any funds that they could have.
Quite a few different on-line playing operators additionally beforehand determined to exit the Norwegian market, together with bet365, Betsson, and Kindred manufacturers. The authorized framework for on-line playing within the nation is the explanation why operators are leaving of their droves.
The Norwegian Playing Authority introduced in September that any unlicensed platforms nonetheless operating within the nation will probably be topic to vital monetary penalties. Norsk Rikstoto and Norsk Tipping at present have a monopoly on the nation’s licensed playing scene.
Parliament has given the regulator extra powers to assist implement the crackdown
Norway’s Parliament has given the regulator extra powers to assist implement the crackdown, together with blocking the IP addresses of those web sites and having Norwegian monetary establishments now not course of funds.