Betting in Finland: What You Should Know

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Finland might not be on the list of the best places to retire in, but it has a unique approach to gambling. While most of the people in the world look at games of chance as vicious, the Finns regard gambling as their civic duty. The Finnish government encourages its people to visit casinos since the largest part of profits from gambling is used to help artists, scientists, and educators. The bigger the profit from gambling, the more Finns themselves benefit from the gambling industry.

As there are only two brick-and-mortar casinos in Finland, in Helsinki and Mariehamn, the Finns prefer wagering online. The government is as supportive of online betting as it is of land-based casinos. There are many local gambling websites, run by PAF and RAY, the two of the fourth entities responsible for different parts of gambling in the country. PAF owns monopolizes online gaming in the Aland Province. RAY controls betting websites on the rest of Finland. Among the most popular Finnish licensed websites are, Betsson, Unibet, ComeOn, and NordicBet.

Although Finnish local websites offer various services, such as online poker – nettipokeri – sports betting, and themed slot machines, the Finns like to use unlicensed gaming sites as well. The most popular foreign gambling websites for Finnish players are 888sport, Bet365, Rizk, BetWay, and LeoVegas.

The Finnish government’s attitude toward foreign betting websites is not welcoming. Attempting to fight their popularity, it has recently forbidden them to advertise their services in Finland. But these are the strictest measures it has taken against the unlicensed websites so far. No foreign operator gets banned in Finland, and there are no means to prevent players from accessing unlicensed gambling websites. The Finns continue wagering across the vastness of the internet.

Most often they place bets on sports events. Sport has long stopped being just an entertainment viewed for fun. Now, sports fans can also place a bet on the outcome of a game or try to guess correctly who will score the first goal. Living in an extremely cold climate, the Finnish people enjoy betting the most on such winter sports as ice hockey, cross-country skiing, and bandy. Sports betting websites usually offer lucrative bonuses such as welcome bonuses or no deposit bonuses that substantially enhance gamblers’ existing bankrolls. The Finns can also use such additional offers as promotions, free bets, and contests.

Apart from wagering on sports events, the Finns also play poker for money. As poker betting websites always offer different poker formats, they can master No-Limit Hold’em or bring their playing skills to perfection. There are usually many game variants and tournaments on licensed and unlicensed websites. One of the most popular tournaments is the World Series of Poker Main Event 2020. The next WSOP event – the 51st Annual WSOP- is taking place from May 26 to July 15, 2020 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It is a great opportunity for any poker player to make bets and put some money in his or her pockets.

The Finnish government can crack down on unlicensed betting websites one day. But the risk of this happening now is minimal. It seems that throughout 2020, the Finns will be able to place bets on all Finnish websites and foreign ones without troubles.