NordicBet sent an unwanted Christmas email to many of its players. The announcement stated that players located outside of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands will lose access to NordicBet services on January 2. This includes bingo, casino, sports and the Microgaming Poker Network skin.
The announcement was considered especially bad news to casino players that enjoy access to unique WMS slot titles. NordicBet players that lose access to the site may create an account at Betsson, a related online gaming brand with a strong reputation.
NordicBet poker players outside of Nordic countries will lose access to the MPN skin after December 30. These funds will be transferred to the related sports book account. Affected players have until February 2 to withdraw all funds.
Some players have speculated that this move is in response to new legislation in the UK that requires operators to be licensed in the country. This would also require companies to pay a 15 percent tax on UK gaming revenue. This tax was first introduced in 2005 but included a loophole that allowed operators to move offshore to avoid the tax. This response by NordicBet may be a proactive move before the law takes effect.
The following is the email sent to players in affected countries:
As from the 2nd of January 2014, NordicBet will offer its sport and gaming services only to customers located in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Faroe Islands and will discontinue the gambling& gaming services for the rest of world countries.
Players not located in the Nordic Countries won’t be able to play on the nordicbet.com site from 02/01/2014 onwards. However, these players will STILL be able to WITHDRAW their Poker, Casino & Bingo funds from their accounts at all times until 02/02/2014.
If you have POKER funds, please bear in mind that on the 30th of December your Poker funds will automatically be transferred to your Sportbook account and your Poker account will be closed.
Regarding the Sportbook funds, players will be able to withdraw their funds 30 days after their last bet has been settled.
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