Finland gaming industry and laws

Gambling in Finland

Gambling in Finland is ruled by the Lotteries Act, governed by the Ministry of the Interior and supervised by the National Police Board. Veikkaus Ltd are a state owned company that operates all gambling activities in Finland. It was formed in 2017 by the merger of 3 government owned companies that had the exclusive rights to provide gambling activities RAY, the Finnish slot machine association was responsible for casino table games and slots, Veikkaus controlled the lottery, keno and bingo games and Fintoto handled all bets on horse racing. All profits from gambling activities are used to support sports, education, arts, science and recreational activities. In the Finnish Aland Islands, since 1966, PAF (Play Among Friends) has had the monopoly on gambling.

Online Slots - Finland

Popular slots in Finland are predominantly those by PlayTech, Yggdrasil and NetEnt. A large selection of their games including Gladiator Jackpot, Winning of Oz, Neon Staxx, Starburst and Vikings go to Hell can be found at the only legal online casino, veikkaus.fi.

Online Casino Games - Finland

American Roulette, Blackjack, Punto Banco and Craps are popular in Finland as well as Poker variations Omaha, Stud and Texas HoldĀ“em. Other forms of gambling that the Finnish people enjoy are playing the lottery, scratch cards and making bets on horse and dog racing.

Finnish Online Casinos

The current laws prohibit all foreign online casinos from entering the market and advertising in Finland, but they do not forbid Finnish players from using them. There are a number of online casinos that offer their websites in Finnish and accept players from Finland, but the only legal online casino is the Veikkaus.fi that is owned by Veikkaus Ltd. This online casino offers slots and casino table games by NetEnt, Yggdrasil and PlayTech. Players who register at this website will need to be resident on the mainland, provide a social insurance number and Finnish bank account, be over 18 years of age and have their identity and home address confirmed.

Casinos in Finland

There are only two legal casinos in Finland. Casino Helsinki is the largest with over 300 slots, live gaming tables, a sports betting bar and a poker room. The Paf Casino is located in the capital city of the Aland Islands and has over 60 slots and 3 gaming tables. Tampere is the venue for a new casino that is due to open in 2020. Gambling games can also be played on 2 cruise ships and at many Pelaamo and Feel Vegas arcades throughout the country. There are 4 dog and 41 horse racetracks where bets are accepted. Unlike most countries where gambling is legal, slot games can be found almost anywhere, you can play in supermarkets, petrol stations and hospitals as well as in casinos, arcades, pubs and restaurants.

Gambling Laws - Finland

Gambling was first legalised in Finland in 1966 with the Lotteries Act. This Law was reformed in 2012 and still excludes offshore companies from entering the lucrative gambling market in Finland. The Ministry of the Interior tightly control all aspects of gambling that operate under the government owned Veikkaus Ltd company. Residents can only play games with real money online and at land based casinos that are controlled by the Government.

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