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Finland Jurisdiction News

Ninja Casino unveils major marketing strategy for Scandinavia
A series of 30-second TV spots will air across major TV channels in Sweden and Finland.

Veikkaus, win2day go live with Playtech cross-border poker network
The Finnish and Austrian gaming brands have banded together and launched a joint poker network using liquidity from both player bases, an industry first.

RAY, Win2Day to share cross-border poker liquidity
With Playtech's iPoker-powered network, the Finnish and Austrian gaming brands will partner up to launch a joint poker network using liquidity from both player bases.

Finnish player wins big at Kolikkopelit
A female player, who remains anonymous, won €27,617 with a 20-cent bet while playing Hall of Gods before bed on Wednesday night.

Juha Helppi signs a major endorsement deal with RAY
For the next two years, Juha Helppi will be RAY's front man and will also carry RAY's colors when he takes part in poker tournaments all over the world.

Adventures in Scandinavia Part 1: Helsinki
I am back from the land of blonde hair, blue eyes, IKEA, reindeer, herring, pointy shoes and tight pants. Wow, I miss that land. My twelve day vacation included two of the world's most amazing cities, Helsinki and Stockholm, and even more importantly, some of the most amazing (and better looking) friends I have ever made in my life.

As the Finnish dice roll
The Ministry of Culture and Sport wants Finland to open a state-run online poker room. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health opposes the idea. And no one is sure why they're talking about it in the first place.

PokerHeaven player wins Helsinki Freezeout player Juha-Rauno Lampila has won the first major European tournament of 2008 - the Helsinki Freezeout.

Finnish online players could recoup losses
Finland's Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is planning to introduce an amendment that would allow Internet gamblers to claim back their losses from online poker services, credit card companies or the player that took their money.

GTECH renews Finnish contract
GTECH Global Services Corporation has signed a four-year contract extension to continue providing software licensing and additional software products and services to Veikkaus Oy, the operator of the Finnish National Lottery.


Finland's domestically regulated online gaming market has evolved over the years, but it continues to be inhospitable to foreign operators.

For years, the only online gaming site licensed in Finland was PAF, which operates out of the Åland Islands, an autonomous Swedish-speaking region. Residents of Finland were allowed to play.

PAF offers casino games, a poker room, bingo and an online sportsbook. PAF's status as the sole licensed provider of online gaming in Finland rankled the Finnish Slot Machine Association (RAY) and the Finnish state lottery, Veikkaus Oy.

In 2010, Finland's government finally bowed to pressure from the state-owned monopoly RAY and gave it permission to expand into online casino and poker gambling. Veikkaus Oy was approved to offer online bingo and numbers games.

Veikkaus Oy also offers sports betting and online lottery and was the second of the three state monopolies allowed to operate online gaming in mainland Finland. Fintoto, which offers race betting, is the third. The company provides 20 different kinds of games, and most of its revenues are derived from the national lottery, which is extremely popular among the Finnish population.

The Finnish government has also tried to stack the deck in favor of the state-run monopolies. The Finnish Gaming Law, approved in June 2010, forbids foreign-owned gaming providers from advertising their products through Finnish publications and broadcast outlets or from .fi domains. It's a criminal offense punishable by fines and possible prison sentences of up to two years for both media and gaming companies. However, the law has a loophole and cannot prohibit publications being imported to Finland from containing such gambling advertisements.

In March 2015, several Finnish politicians called for a review of the country's online gambling activities on the premise that the current laws do not regulate foreign sites enough in terms of their advertising and marketing practices. The government has not announced an official review, however.

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