Scandinavian cities are notorious for their cleanliness, but what happens if you just happen in town and want to get your hands dirty on a game of good old-fashioned poker? Denmark and Sweden are definitely going to be the outright choices here for a night at the tables,
because Norway, well, Norway is just a little different.
Let’s examine your two best shots at a great night out;
Find out if Lady Luck is on the seafront in Gothenburg
Should you happen to be in Gothenburg, be sure to try out your hand at one of the finest casinos in Sweden. With its beautiful waterfront view, the Casino Cosmopol is at home amidst all the history housed at the Stora Tullhuset at Packhuplatsen building. With over 300 slot machines, Gothenburg’s international casino has a whole lot to keep you busy. The casino games include oasis stud poker, blackjack, roulette and punto banco and are available on 42 tables. You can always take a break at the restaurant or get your groove on on the dance floor.
Casino Copenhagen serves up Demark’s best vibes
Located at the same address as the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, the Casino Copenhagen is one of Denmark’s six casinos. Try your luck at poker, rocket 7, American roulette, punto banco,
blackjack, Ultimate Texas Hold’em or the casino Danmark jackpot. Whether it’s your very first time or you have had quite a few hands at the table, the Casino Copenhagen will definitely have something that tickles your fancy. The uniquely themed nights all have something special about them. To keep the memory of your night out alive, you can actually personalize a gift card and have it mailed to a loved one. It is a nice way to share your wonderful experience at the Casino Copenhagen with those who matter to you.
Doesn’t suck all the fun out of Norway, though
Norway has never had any brick and mortar casinos. However, they used to have “spilleautomater”, as slot machines are known in Norwegian. These were wildly popular,
becoming a mainstay for some time but then got banned in the 90’s. Today, gamers mostly make use of gambling kiosks.
Norway adores the game of poker. The irony is that it was only recently made legal. It is interesting to note that enthusiasts would actually hold tournaments in foreign countries, with the National Poker Championships mostly being held in Dublin and Stockholm! The reprieve came in 2015 poker was legalized. Not without its share of rules though. The game is meant to be as informal and friendly as possible. A poker game can only be held at private residences and played between friends. Each player can only place a total bet of about $120 and professional
games are not allowed. Freerolls, which is the name given to free poker tournaments, are however allowed in the country.
Future looks bright
Norsk Tipping, one of the only two legal gambling companies in Norway has recently opened an online gambling site in a bid to curb the flow of Norwegian gamblers into foreign online casinos. It has exclusive rights to oversee all matters gambling. The other company, Norsk Rikstoto, is currently only authorized to handle horseracing bets.