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Norway Gambling Guide

 

Gambling is legal in Norway (officially the Kingdom of Norway), and it is controlled by the government through the state owned companies: Norsk Tipping AS (lottery, instant games, scratch cards, some sports betting)  and Norsk Rikstoto (horse racing betting). Lottery in most European countries is also state controlled  (Norsk Tipping), and horse racing betting is handled by a separate company in most other European countries as well. Even though parimutuel betting on horse racing is nowadays a negligible percentage of the gambling market (usually 5% or less, wasn’t always the case) traditionally horse racing was a substantial pillar of the gambling market, and was seen as “upper class gambling”, with none of the social stigma of gambling attached (also for taxation reasons it always had to be a separate company, see below, at the gambling taxation section). The defining pieces of gambling legislation in Norway are the Lottery Act 1995, Gaming Scheme Act 1992 and the Totalisator Act 1927.

Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto are fully state-owned, which is strongly against EU regulations, but because Norway is not a full member state of the EU they get away with it. As of January 2011, all players must be over 18 years of age to participate (scratch cards are the only exception by law, although, most lottery vendors won’t sell them any to anyone under 18, but technically you can purchase them 14+). There are no real casinos in Norway, and also no slot halls since 2007 (because before 2007 companies abused a legal loophole in the system and slot machines were installed everywhere, regular slot machines were banned entirely as a result) but there are places with gaming machines (so called interactive video terminals only, but no live dealer tables, no card games, no electronic roulette, no coin games, just these special gaming machines). Some say the cruise ships, which regularly dock in Norway are the only exception to this  (e.g.: the casino of the cruise ship Norwegian Escape is pictured at the top of the page). However,  this is false, the casinos stay closed while in port. The real exception to the rule are the many (mostly electronic only) “bingo halls” with slot machines throughout the country, which act like little substitute casinos (they are slot halls basically, in most other countries they are called electronic casinos, there are hundreds of them, the amount a person may lose a month is capped at NOK 2200, and you need a special card to play).

Gambling in Norway falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture and Church affairs.* Gambling was always controlled by the Norwegian government. According to §§ 298 and 299 of the Norwegian Penal Code of 1902, only games of chance that were offered by special licence holders were legal. Only the authority of a legal statute could grant such permission. Thus, as far back as 1902, all unlicensed games, where the probability of winning is based on luck, are state-controlled (this includes poker as well, even though poker is not entirely luck-based, see below at the poker section). Unauthorized gaming operators are punished**.

In 2010, the Norwegian government passed a law, called the Payment Act that forbids banks in Norway to let their customers use credit and debit cards in land based and in online casinos outside of Norway.*** They got the idea from a similar law issued in the US called the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. The reasoning behind the Payment Act was that the government didn’t want the citizens of Norway to become gambling addicts (even though the number of gambling addicts was already extremely low at the time, also, perfect example of a nanny state, and also, in reality they wanted people to spend their hard earned cash with the state owned gambling companies). However, Norwegian players, at least online can bypass this law simply by using so-called intermediary “digital wallet” like Neteller or Skrill (or Paypal, but online casinos don’t accept Paypal anymore) can still easily play online.

All in all, it is legal to place bets in the state-owned facilities (online or offline), but illegal anywhere else, e.g.: in online casinos outside of Norway. However, authorities won’t pursue, fine or prosecute individuals who place bets on foreign websites (but they will heavily fine operators). Nowadays, many Norwegian players play online in foreign online casinos using digital wallets, because there are simply no domestic alternatives, in fact as much as 10% of the population regularly plays online on unlicensed gambling websites according to various studies****, and this number grows year by year. The consensus in the online gambling scene is that Norwegian Payment Systems Act, and nationalizing a gambling market without offering domestic casinos and online casinos in this day an age of the internet and international tourism was a failed policy, and not a good idea.

UPDATE 2020: Finally, the Norwegian government started the privatization of the gambling market to increase tax revenue from the sector*****, additionally, they realized they can better control problem gambling if they legalize online gambling and regulate it (the ban doesn1t seem to work, just like in every other country, it’s really not possible to control the internet in a free, democratic society. Right now, many Norwegians visit unlicensed offshore online casinos illegally (not to mention, theses online casinos don’t pay any taxes, and the number of Norwegians who regulatory plays on these sites is increasing every year). We are a long way away (probably years) from any meaningful change in legislation, or a licensing system. However, by acknowledging the flaws of the current system, the first step was taken.

Social gambling is not specifically regulated in Norway. According to the  Ministry of Culture (responsible for the regulation of gambling) loot boxes could fall under Norwegian gambling laws if the in-game prize, reward can be traded for real money, or anything else of value outside the game. It’s not specifically regulated by the gambling legislation yet, and so far no action was taken against video game companies, but it seems like loot boxes are considered gambling in Norway by the relevant authorities.

 

Norway gambling licenses

Only the two public companies have special licenses. It’s not possible to for private companies to acquire gambling license for commercial purposes.

However, in the Kingdom Norway, organisations with a humanitarian or socially beneficial purpose can obtain a licence for gambling activities (usually bingo or raffle) if all the proceeds go to charity. This is the only exception to the tightly state controlled gambling monopoly (this does not extend to online activities, only land-based gambling activities).

 

Under the Lottery Act, non-profit organisations can apply for licences to provide the following activities:
  • Post-drawn and pre-drawn lotteries drawn by the Gaming Authority or other public authority.
  • Lotteries drawn by a commercial operator.
  • Poker, poker tournaments.
  • Bingo.
  • Scratch cards.
  • Entertainment machines (gambling machines, slots).
  • Any of the aforementioned gambling activities on Norwegian ships en route between Norwegian and foreign harbours.

 

 

The following gambling activities do not require a licence under the Lottery Act:
  • Lotteries with a yearly turnover under NOK200,000 if they are provided by organisations with a humanitarian and socially beneficial purpose. However, a licence is required if the organisations use a commercial company to arrange the gambling activities on their behalf.
  • Bazar, where the maximum prize is NOK8,000, the maximum stake is NOK5 and the total value of all prizes for each bazar is NOK40,000 at most.
  • Private poker games held in private homes between people in the same social circle, provided the games do not have a “professional character”. Participants must be over 18, number less than ten and have a maximum stake per player, per meeting of NOK1,000.

 

 

Norway gambling tax

For companies: There is no special gambling tax in Norway, because both gambling companies are state owned and government receives all the profits they make, and taxes they pay as it is. However, a 15% tax on gross gambling revenue was proposed for private companies when the licensing system will be finally in place in the future.

For players: Winnings over NOK 10 000 from any gambling activity are subject to taxation, the tax rate is 23% (if its  NOK 10 000 or less it’s tax exempt), this includes any sort of gambling activity including winnings from unlicensed online casinos and winnings from gambling activities in land-based gambling establishments abroad. However, this is rarely enforced. But if you win NOK 10 000+, it’s best to pay taxes on it to avoid any trouble. Especially if it’s a really big amount e.g.: NOK 1 million+, in that case there is a real chance that they will come after you if you neglect paying taxes.

 

Sources:

*Norsk Tipping

**Statement of Defence by the Government of the Kingdom of Norway

***Norway puts ban on online gaming payments

****Researchgate: Gambling Addiction in Norway – experiences among members of a Norwegian self-help group for problem gambling

*****EuropeanGaming: Norway set to reform gambling laws

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Norway

The following online gambling websites accept players from Norway

 

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Summary:

Casino gambling in Norway

Bingo in Norway

Poker in Norway

Sports betting in Norway

Lottery in Norway

Bitcoin gambling in Norway

 

 

Casino gambling in Norway

 

Online casino gambling in Norway: legal, state monopoly

 

The state controls all gambling in Norway since circa 1902. Norwegian betting shops are operated by one of the state-owned gambling providers. The government is a majority stakeholder in the two companies authorised to offer gambling services, Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto. There are no casinos in Norway (there are only interactive video terminals , and even those require a special card to play), and the two licensed public companies also don’t operate any standalone online casinos (the closest thing to an online casino in Norway is the website of Norsk Rikstoto, called Kongkasino, where there are a few vide slots as well, NOK 2200 limit per player, per month, but compared to a real online casino these games are low quality and there are very few of them, also no bonuses, special promotions, the same games you can play at the gaming machines in the country). Gambling is illegal if it’s not organized by these companies. Since 2010, online casino gambling was made illegal too, but this only effects companies and not the individual players. The government doesn’t block offshore online gambling websites and players who visit foreign online casinos are not prosecuted. The state monopoly is criticized by many, and Norway’s online gambling monopoly is disputed by overseas operators. Some of these operators disregard it and continue to accept players from the country (you can see these online casinos below).

The online casinos below accept players from Norway.

Online casinos accepting players from Norway - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Norway:

 

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  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

UPDATE 2021: This particular online casino was removed due to complaints from the players and visitors to the website. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We will replace it with another recommendation as soon as possible. In the meantime, check out the other online casinos above and below, or the recent casino bonuses, free games or casino reviews.
If you have any issue with the other gambling platforms featured on the website, then please drop a comment or try the live chat (bottom right). We will investigate all reports and take action if necessary.
 

 

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Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
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  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

Click here for more info on casinos in the Kingdom of Norway.

 

 

Bingo in Norway

 

Online bingo in Norway: legal, state monopoly

 

Just like other forms of gambling, bingo is also controlled by the state-owned company Norsk Tipping. Bingo seems to be really popular and there are many bingo halls in the country (mostly because there are no casinos, and these bingo halls with slot machines are the closest thing to a casino in Norway), usually they have slot machines as well, in fact very few of them are traditional, non-electronic bingo halls (slot machines used to be ubiquitous before the legislation change, there are still hundreds of places with slot machines but significantly less of them than before, these bingo halls are essentially slot halls, a.k.a. electronic casinos). People from Norway who play bingo on foreign online bingo sites are not prosecuted. However, due to the legal situation very few online bingo websites accept players from Norway, I could only find one.

The following online casino has live bingo and accepts players from Norway:

UPDATE 2021: This particular online casino was removed due to complaints from the players and visitors to the website. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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Poker in Norway

 

Online poker in Norway: legal, state monopoly

 

Poker is considered a game of chance and not a game of skill and it is regulated as such. Norway has a lot of great poker players like Sigurd Eskeland, and Anette Obrestad – the latter was the youngest bracelet winner in the World Series of Poker Europe, in 2007. Despite this there is actually no place to play in the country legally, there are no casinos and no poker rooms. However, since 2014 the Norwegian Poker Championship is being organized yearly in Oslo (despite it being illegal according to the gambling legislation, authorities seem to allow it for now). Poker is still not very popular in Norway because of the difficulties of organizing professional poker games and most people who play poker in Norway do so online or it’s small stakes cash games with friends (small stakes cash games in the privacy of your home, with maximum of ten people,  18+, maximum NOK1,000 per game is legal). In Norway, only the state-owned gambling providers would be able to organize big, professional poker events and tournaments, but they don’t seem to care about poker. Gambling in offshore online casinos is also forbidden, but this is not enforced, players are not prosecuted, and because there are no Norwegian online poker websites, that’s the only way for people to play online (in fact all of the famous poker players of Norway trained, and are honing their skills, still to this day by playing online using these unlicensed websites, you can see them below).

The poker websites below accept players from Norway.

Online casinos which have online poker sections and accept players from Norway - click to see

The following online casino websites have poker and accept players from Norway:

 

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The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
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Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
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Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

Sports betting in Norway

 

Online sports betting in Norway: legal, state monopoly

 

Sports betting was mainly responsible for the Payment Systems Act of 2010. The act, which forbids banks in Norway to allow customers to use their credit or debit cards on online gambling websites. Betting on sports online on these unlicensed websites was (and still is, it is a failed policy) so rampant that the state wanted to do something about it. And instead of offering alternatives by letting in private companies, or developing the bare bones sports betting section of the national lottery they opted to restrict the players. The good news is that the Norwegian government still doesn’t really block offshore sportsbooks, and it is fairly easy to circumvent this ban on credit cards. Most Norwegian who bet on sports online are using a so-called “digital wallet” nowadays to place bets at bookmakers online (or they use bitcoins). This is actually not illegal, and the transaction fees are in many cases actually lower than a credit card’s. No wonder the Payment Systems Act didn’t work out. And because there are still no Norwegian online bookmakers people are still visiting foreign, unlicensed sportsbooks (you can see them below).

The online sportsbooks below accept bettors from Norway.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Norway - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from Norway:

 

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.
Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

And also this, it has virtual sports betting, which is simulated sports betting, quite interesting, really entertaining, but it’s not genuine real sports betting, it’s computer simulation:

 

UPDATE 2021: This particular online casino was removed due to complaints from the players and visitors to the website. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We will replace it with another recommendation as soon as possible. In the meantime, check out the other online casinos above and below, or the recent casino bonuses, free games or casino reviews.
If you have any issue with the other gambling platforms featured on the website, then please drop a comment or try the live chat (bottom right). We will investigate all reports and take action if necessary.
 

 

 

Lottery in Norway

 

Online lottery in Norway: legal, state monopoly

 

Norsk Tipping controls the lotteries in Norway, it is a monopoly of the state. The Norsk Tipping Lotto was first introduced in 1986, and it is the only official lotto game in the country. All Norwegian citizens are eligible to play if they are over 18 years of age. A player has to get 7 numbers out of 34 right to win the jackpot. Numbers are drawn weekly.

Some people misunderstand the strict regulation, and think they can not purchase lottery tickets in other countries when they visit them as tourists. This is not true, Norsk Tipping has a monopoly on lottery within Norway and Norway alone. You can still buy lottery tickets in other countries and participate in their lottery draws. You can actually buy lottery tickets online, even though this is technically illegal, players are not prosecuted, and these lottery websites are not blocked. In fact it makes more sense to purchase lottery tickets from these websites because foreign lotteries are in many cases cheaper, offer better odds and have higher jackpots then the much smaller and very expensive Norwegian lottery. Especially the big European lotteries like Euromillions, Eurojackpot (Eurojackpot is also available on Norsk Tipping’s website, that’s the only lottery game from their selection I recommend) or el Gordo are worth exploring as an alternative (even though they have worse odds, the jackpot is significantly higher, if you calculate return on investment it’s still worth it more).

Apart from Norsk Tipping, the following websites allow people from Norway to purchase lottery tickets online:

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Norway

 

Bitcoin gambling in Norway: not specifically regulated

 

In Norway, the Norwegian Tax Administration issued a statement back in December 2013 that they don’t define bitcoins as money, they regard it as an asset* and it is taxed either as an asset or currency based on usage. There is no specific regulation regarding cryptocurrency gambling at all, and it is unlikely that it will be regulated anytime soon. The current gambling legislation doesn’t mention cryptocurrencies at all. The state-owned gambling providers (Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto) do not accept bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum or any other cryptocurrency. Therefore if you want to use alternative digital currency you can only do it in a foreign online casino(you can see the online casinos which accept bitcoin, ehtereum below) Norwegian players can play in foreign online casinos, because the government does not prosecute individual players.  In fact, many players already use bitcoins to circumvent the Payment Systems Act of 2010 while playing online.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Norway.

*Bloomberg: Bitcoins Fail Currency Test in Scandinavia’s Richest Nation

Online casinos accepting crypto and players from the Kingdom of Norway - click to see

The following online casino websites accept bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum, and accept players from Norway:

 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.
Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country, especially if you are from Norway or nearby.

 

This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2020-12-31

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