Norway - It's An On/Off Relationship
The relationship between Norway and online poker is like many other types of relationship - it's complicated! The Norwegian government has passed legislation similar to that passed by the United States government on 'Black Friday' that bans the use of real-money financial accounts to fund any sort of gambling activity. The only problem is, Norway is part of the European Union and as such, completely banning Norwegian poker players from online poker rooms could be seen as a form of trade restriction, something which the leaders of the European Union frown upon. As a result, online poker players in Norway exist in a kind of limbo - doing something that is not technically legal, and is not technically illegal either.
The thing is - if you want to gamble as a Norwegian citizen then online gambling is about your only choice. Gambling in Norway is almost wholly illegal - even the humble slot machine is banned! There are only two companies - Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto - that are legally allowed to offer any sort of gambling services to the people of Norway, and they are both subject to strict rules and regulations.
As Norway has such a negative attitude towards gambling, it will come as no surprise when I tell you that poker has almost no history whatsoever in the country. There are some popular card games, such as Mattis and Spardam, but mostly Norwegians prefer board games. Poker was almost completely never played in Norway until the internet really began to take off, and the internet poker revolution began. Norwegian players were as quick to discover the delights of Hold'em and Omaha as in any other corner of the globe, and several successful Norwegian online poker players came to prominence. Below are listed many of the best sites where any Norway-based poker player and sit down and go all-in pre-flop with countless other online poker fanatics all over the world:
Full Flush Poker
Ask any Norwegian poker fan who their poker hero is, and the chances are you will hear the name Annette Obrestad. In around 2003 and 2004, an online poker player named 'Annette_15' began to make quite a name for themselves as one of the deadliest online poker players around. To everyone's amazement, 'Annette_15' was 'unmasked' as a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl called Annette Obrestad. Uniquely, Obrestad claims she began her online poker career with nothing, funding her initial bankroll by winning freerolls. By the time she was 19, Annette had won over $800,000 by playing online poker, winning $500,000 on PokerStars, and $136,000 on Full Tilt Poker. She moved to real world poker and became just as successful offline as she had been online. In 2007 she won the first-ever World Series of Poker Europe Main Event, winning just over $2million. Annette was still only 18 years old at the time.
I guess Annette's story shows that anyone can become a poker star if they put they mind to it - and you don't even have to spend a single penny or cent of your own cash to do so! Why not start your own poker career at one of the sites I have listed above, and see how far you can go in the fast and thrilling world of online poker?