Norway has reformed its gambling laws to allow land-based tournaments
The Norwegian Poker Championships, after years in the wilderness, will make a return on soil finally home.
Game draconian laws that have in recent years exiled championships for the more distant cities in the UK, Ireland, Latvia and Sweden have finally thawed, and the Norwegian poker diaspora has come to an end.
But while Norway has reformed its gambling laws to allow land-based tournaments, online poker site branding is still a no-no.
While in effect the Norwegian Championships will be a production of PokerStars, Amaya managed by Global Poker Tours Ltd, which manages the European Poker Tour, Latin American Poker Tour and Asia Pacific Poker Tour, is not an official event of PokerStars.
However, expectation is high for what is essentially the first legal poker tournament ever held in Norway.