|The gaming board in Sweden, Lotteriinspektionen, has called on police to adopt a tougher and more active approach to what it called ‘underground poker clubs’.|
The body issued a report in which it claimed that illegal poker playing in the country is getting out of hand with approximately one hundred private poker clubs operating in Sweden.
'In almost every Swedish town there are one or more poker clubs where illegal poker tournaments for money are held several times a week,' said a statement by the gaming board. 'It is extraordinary that criminal activities are allowed to go on openly and unprohibited.”
The Government-owned gambling organisation Svenska Spel has a monopoly in Sweden for providing both live and online poker games but poker clubs continue to openly advertise their services on the Internet.
This is the latest in a series of developments targeted at Internet gambling companies and other organisations.
The Government recently requested detailed information on all the employees of 24h Poker as a first step to ensure gaming related companies in the country are abiding by the monopoly law. 24h Poker was asked to provide information to the gaming board immediately regarding job descriptions and the company’s trademark along with other information.
'Many gaming companies are listed in Sweden and have their employees here” said Hakan Hallstedt, Chief Legal Advisor for Lotteriinspektionen.
“None of them are permitted to work with gaming related tasks in Sweden as this is illegal yet most of their revenue comes from gaming.”