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Where to Play Casino Games in Helsinki

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Finland has a state monopoly on gambling, so the industry is run by two state companies called Veikkaus Oy and PAF. This helps combat the harm caused by gambling on a global level, as well as prevent gambling abuse. Only persons over 18 years of age are allowed to play. In addition, such users must be registered on the company’s website and undergo a verification procedure using identification documents. A cashback casino or any other type of gambling establishment must not promote any other games than allowed by  Veikkaus Oy.

The Finnish gambling system

As we mentioned earlier, two state companies, Veikkaus and PAF, control the activities of casinos in the country. Gambling entertainment, payments, cashbacks and other aspects are regulated at the legislative level by the Finnish Lotteries Act.

The European Union has established a number of rules regarding casinos. A prerequisite for creating a state monopoly on gambling is the desire to reduce medical, social, economic and psychological harm from gambling.

The Finnish government has set out to minimize damage and protect the rights of players by limiting the possibility of fraud by providers and online platforms that provide entertainment. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in collaboration with the National Institute of Health and Welfare is studying possible damage from gaming and its prevention.

Land-Based Casinos in Finland

Finland is famous for its gambling industry, so residents and visitors of the country can not only see the sights and enjoy history, but also visit physical casinos. We will tell you about the most popular of them. Admittedly, you cannot expect bonuses such as cashback here, but the experience will be thrilling in a different sense. 

1. Casino Helsinki

This is one of the very first and oldest Finnish establishments. There are over 350 slots and more than 20 world-known table games, such as roulette and blackjack. A number of separate tables with different types of poker deserve special attention: Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Stud or Chinese poker. A distinctive feature of this place is that one 100% of the profits go to charity, since the establishment is owned by the state and can independently decide where to allocate the funds.

2. PAF Casino

On the Åland Islands (an autonomous province of Finland) there is a PAF casino, managed by the eponymous state company. All the classic forms of entertainment such as baccarat, roulette and card games can be found here. In the PAF, bets start from 1 dollar, so anyone can try their luck there. Like the previous mentioned, this establishment donates all profits to charity.

3. Casino Tampere

Tampere is home to another popular land-based casino in Finland, operating since 2021. The 20,000 square feet of space features over 120 slots and 34 table games. There are even special separate rooms for poker. The establishment adheres to the rules of responsible gaming and, like those mentioned above, invests all profits in charity.

Online Casinos in Finland

Despite the presence of land-based ones, Finns, like residents of other countries, prefer online gambling due to its convenience, the ability to play at any time and various bonuses such as cashbacks. Below is a list of the most common online platforms in the country.

  • MR.Pacho
  • Flaksi
  • Casino Winner
  • Casumo
  • Betsson
  • Unibet
  • LeoVegas
  • Mr Green
  • Rizk
  • Wildz
  • JustSpin.

Despite the variety of games, slots hold a place of honor in the hearts of Finnish players. We list the most popular of them:

  1. Reactoonz: a slot with cartoon monsters.
  2. Moon Princess: an anime-themed game with a princess.
  3. Book of Dead: a slot inspired by the history of ancient Egypt.
  4. Bonanza: a game for those with a real sweet tooth.
  5. Fire in the hole xBomb: a slot with the aesthetics of dungeons and mines.

Expert’s conclusion

The gambling market in Finland is strictly regulated by the state, so players do not have to worry about the reliability of the sites and the likelihood of winning. There are both land-based and online casinos with cashback in the country, so any player can choose the format that suits him best. Despite the safety of the process, we recommend that you strictly adhere to the rules of responsible gambling and carefully monitor your bankroll. Then your game will definitely be a pleasure!

The article was prepared by gambling expert Olavi Lehtonen

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