Norwegian Championship of Poker
By AdFeatures | Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 13:30
Over one thousand Norwegian poker players have arrived in Dublin over the weekend to attend the Norwegian Championship of Poker. The event is being held in Dublin due to the illegality of the event were it to be held in Norway. The Norwegian gambling laws prohibit events of this kind, forcing the Norwegian poker players to travel to Dublin.
The games buy-in ranged from three hundred euro to three thousand euro with the games being almost entirely for Norwegians only. Though, there are a few smaller games available for the locals to enter. Continuing from the weekend until this Sunday, the tournament is taking place at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Previously the game has been played in Sweden, England and Latvia as Norway is one of very few countries in Europe that does not allow competitions of this nature. The competitions organisers are hoping for around one thousand players to remain for the duration of the competition, while they hope another two hundred or so will attend a couple of the days.
In Norway the competition would be illegal, because the law states that any game involving a prize and relying on chance is considered a lottery. Citizens in Norway are only allowed to partake in the national lottery, along with betting on horse racing and football. Any other form of betting is not permitted. While casinos are also illegal under Norwegian laws, there are many venues that offer poker. They are able to get around the law by operating as private members clubs, which allows their members to play poker.
The tournament features a variety of games and is expected to be hugely successful as it has been in previous years. Last year’s event, held in Riga in Latvia, had over one thousand five hundred attendees. The tournaments winner, Orjan Skommo, who narrowly lost the championship held in the UK during 2009, won one hundred and thirty thousand euro, along with a brand new, top of the range Mini. During the England championship Henrik Tollefsen took home one hundred and twenty four thousand dollars worth of prize money, beating last year’s winner Orjan Skommo. Whether one of these two brilliant players will be taking home the prize money this year is yet to be seen.
Many Norwegian players are keen to see the laws changed in Norway regarding poker; however this seems unlikely in the near future. For the time being, Norwegians will be forced to travel to other locations to play the Championship match.