Net poker gets the green light

Swedish state-owned gambling monopoly Svenska Spel has been given the go-ahead by the government to start an internet poker service.

But Deputy Prime Minister Bosse Ringholm said that Svenska Spel would not be allowed to run internet casinos or betting exchanges.

Ringholm, who is also gaming minister, justified allowing the poker service by saying that it wanted to channel internet gambling to organisations under the control of the Swedish state.

The government attached a number of conditions to the licence, stipulating among other things that under-18s must not be allowed to play, and that everyone who plays must set a limit of the amount that they are prepared to lose.

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