Sunday, September 30, 2007

Pinin' for the Fjords --- Norway Considers UIGEA-Style Measure

[Cal here, on weekend duty---]

A lot of poker players must be feeling a bit "Norwegian Blue" these days. Norway is the latest nation to be considering some form of a anti-online gambling measure based on the US's Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. There's more to this one sure to break in the next week or two, but the timing of the push by conservative Norwegian politicians is curious, if you've done any reading about the WSOP Europe.

However, not only do the Scandi states have, in general, strong anti 'nanny measure' laws on the books, but any such legislation is sure to run afoul of European Union trade pacts, as evidenced by matters currently under dispute concerning France, Sweden, Germany (see Poker and other EU members. It doesn't mean that a government can't pass a stupid law; governments have passed stupid laws for thousands of years. In this case, though, even a measure passed is likely to have only a short-term effect on the availability of online poker to Norwegian citizens.

Sure makes for a great (if obtuse) Monty Python moment, though.

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