Simon’s Guide to Online Casinos in Finland

This is a picture of slots inside Feel Vegas Casino Sello, one of the Feel Vegas brand casinos in Finland. Under the picture you will find a list of the casinos of Finland, Finnish online casino websites and an overview of the casino gambling law in the country.

Feel Vegas Casino Sello

 

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in Finland. Find out what the best casinos and online casino sites are in Finland, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

 

Online casinos in Finland

Legal status: legal, state monopoly

 

Online casino gambling is legal in Finland, although it is heavily regulated. There is a single state-owned company, Veikkaus Oy (established in 2017, before that there were three: RAY, Fintoto, Veikkaus – all merged into one now), which has a monopoly over all Finnish online casino gambling and thus is the sole local operator of online casinos in Finland.

While this regulation is quite strict, there are some loopholes. The biggest one is the autonomous region of the Åland islands, which belongs to the Republic of Finland but has its own gambling operator, PAF. PAF is in charge of all gambling in Åland (also a monopoly), including online casino gambling.

The problem is that PAF operates in an autonomous zone of Finland, and they made the online casino site available to all Finnish gamblers. However, Veikkaus Oy felt that PAF was infringing on their rights as the sole operator of online casino games in mainland Finland. The conflict escalated to the point where Veikkaus Oy (back then RAY it was before 2017, before the merge) sent police officers to raid the offices of PAF, in order to have them shut down. And it was shut down for a while.

The Finnish government finally managed to smooth over the conflict. Currently both companies have their own online casino site, and both are allowed to offer online casino games to all Finnish players.

The other loophole is the online casinos licensed in other EU countries, which are often not blocked in the country (some are), there have been many issues on an EU level because of this Finnish monopoly on gambling, but the EU has refused to take action, unsurprisingly. So right now some foreign online casinos are blocked, some are not, on paper Finnish people could only play in the online casinos of Veikkaus Oy and PAF but some EU online casinos refuse to accept this and continue to accept players from Finland.

The Finnish government has been quite adamant in its efforts to prevent locals from playing in these online casino sites but they are very bad at blocking these sites and VPN or IPmask easily allows anyone to access these sites even if they are blocked. Finnish players playing, placing bets, registering on foreign, unlicensed sites are not arrested or fined, so plenty of them continue to do so (most of them are actually unaware that online gambling is supposed to be a monopoly in the country). Especially considering that these casinos have vastly superior games, more games and better promotions than the local monopoly. Especially when it comes to online poker, these international websites have way more players.

 

Online casinos accepting players from Finland

The following online gambling websites accept players from Finland:

 

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's 2020 animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.

Black Lotus Casino bonus offers

USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 300% match bonus, up to $3,250. Use the code: VENTURE300
  • $100 bonus. Use code: VENTURE100

Bonuses for existing players:
  • Deposit and get 37 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 37MILLION
  • Deposit $45 and get 299% up to $1,000. Code: 299MILLION & then get 47 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 47MILLION
  • One free spin on the "Millionaire's Bonus Wheel" , instant prizes, limited time only
  • Summer Samba Mini Game for returning players, huge instant wins credited to your player account if you are lucky, all throughout the summer
  • Every day between 6am and 10am EDT you'll get 50 Free Spins to play during our Happy Hour.
 

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

BGO

BGO casino banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered by BGO casino. You can read these offers below.

Next gen, cross platform and mobile compatible casino with the best casino games, live dealers and bingo. Best bonuses currently.

US players can not register.
  • 500 free spins!
  Legal disclaimer: Terms and conditions of the casino apply (if any). Check the casino's webpage for up to date terms and conditions and wagering limitations.  

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Only for UK players, new players only.
Playthrough requirement: 65x
Wagering limitation:
  • Slots: 100%
  • Roulette: 25%
  • All Blackjack Games: 25%
  • 3 Card Brag: 50%
  • Casino Hold'em: 25%
  • Baccarat: 0%
  • Everything else: 0%

 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.

Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

Betsafe banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered by European bookmaker and casino Betsafe.

Betsson sports-book and casino with live dealers&poker cross platform and mobile compatible.

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

 

Land-based casinos in Finland

 

Land-based casino gambling is legal in Finland, and it is also a monopoly of Veikkaus Oy.

Finland has 16 gambling establishments, out of these 16 only 7 of them are real casinos, the others are slot halls (sometimes also called electronic casinos, they only have slots, video poker, gaming machines, no card games, no dealers, no poker, they operate under the brand name “Pelaamo” + 2 on cruise ships, brand name: Silja). The biggest casinos is Casino Helsinki, it’s the biggest by far, it’s big even by international standards.

PAF operates one casino too, Casino Arkipelag, all income from that goes to the government of the Åland Islands. And there are 5 casinos of the Feel Vegas brand, also owned and operated by Veikkaus Oy, the same as Casinos Helsinki.

 

List of the best and biggest casinos in Finland:

 

This is a picture of the interior, the main set of stairs and the huge digital screen on the inside of the Grand Casino Helsinki, Finland's biggest casino. You can read about the casino to the right and can find the address there.

Grand Casino Helsinki

1., Grand Casino Helsinki, Mikonkatu 19, 00100 Helsinki

Grand Casino Helsinki, Finland’s biggest casinos has 20 tables (Roulette, Black Jack, Dynamic Poker Pro, Russian Poker and Punto Banco), 300 gaming machines (slots, video poker, electronic roulette), by far the biggest selection of slots in the entire country, they are also from the best manufacturers: WMS, IGT, Novomatic, Spielo & Bally, so if you love slots this is the place to go. There are also 20 electronic roulette terminals. It has two restaurants, one of the has a diner+show +  a bar.

 

 

This is a picture of the exterior of Arkipelag Hotel & Casino in Mariehamn, Åland Island's only casino. You can read about the casino to the right and you can find out what and type and how many games are played.

Arkipelag Hotel & Casino

2., Arkipelag Hotel & Casino (formerly known as PAF casino, also known as Casino Mariehamn), Strandgatan 35, Mariehamn, Åland Island Finland

It’s a medium casino with 65 slots, only 3 tables (roulette , blackjack). This is Åland Island’s only casino. Many of the slot machines are really old, 10+ years. Apparently they organize poker tournaments on a regular basis, mainly Texas Hold’em but also Pot Limit Omaha and Crazy Pineapple, but since the casinos doesn’t have a website it’s impossible to find any information on when and how often (on the hotel’s website they are not listed, the casino is not even mentioned there, weird). Poker cash games are also only available during tournaments. The user reviews are average, on review sites it is rated 3/5.

 

 

This is a picture of slots inside Feel Vegas Casino Sello, one of the Feel Vegas brand casinos in Finland. You can read about the casino to the right of the picture.

Feel Vegas Casino Sello

3., Feel Vegas Casino Sello, Kauppakeskus Sello, Leppävaarankatu 3–9 1. kerros, 02600 Espoo

Feel Vegas Casino Sello has 50 slots, video poker machines and 3 tables (blackjack, dynamic poker, and roulette) and 2 poker tables.

Feel Vegas Casino Sello has a full-service sports bar and a restaurant too, on the weekends they have live music.

 

 

 

This is a picture of the gate, that leads to Feel Vegas Casino Iso Omena, one of the Feel Vegas brand casinos in Finland. You can read about the casino to the right of the picture.

Feel Vegas Casino Iso Omena

4., Feel Vegas Casino Iso Omena, Suomenlahdentie 1, 02230 Espoo

This Feel Vegas Casino is also located in Espoo, and it also has 50 slots, video poker machines and 3 tables (blackjack, dynamic poker, and roulette) and 2 poker tables. The Feel Vegas casinos are very similar to each other in terms of look, feel and number and type of games.

Feel Vegas Casino Iso Omena also has a full-service sports bar and a restaurant too, on the weekends they have live music.

 

 

 

 

There are three more Feel Vegas casinos in Finland, they are identical to the two mentioned in almost every way.

  • Feel Vegas Jyvaskyla, Kauppakatu 41, 40100 Jyväskylä
  • Feel Vegas Casino Kuopio, Käsityökatu 23, 70100 Kuopio
  • Feel Vegas Casino Rovaniemi, Koskikatu 14-16, 96200 Rovaniemi

All Feel Vegas casinos are open 24/7.

 

UPDATE: A new casino, the 17th casino of Finland is being built, Tampere Central Deck and Arena Casino will be situated in Tampere when completed. It’s a €500 million megaproject casino,hotel,resort complex. Still, it will only be the second biggest casino with 100 slots and 10 tables + poker tables (not final numbers, approximation), Grand Casino Helsinki will remain the largest.

 

Bitcoin casinos Finland

None of the online casinos or casinos operated by the monopoly or PAF accept bitcoin or any other cryptocurrencies.

 

 

History of Finnish online casino regulation

 

Casino gambling first appeared in Finland in the 1920s with imported slot machines, but it took until 1938 for RAY (the Finnish Slot Machine Association, casino operator before the merger) to be set up. This entity has remained in charge of casino gambling up till 2017, which included online casino gambling.

The 2002 Act on Gaming was what made RAY officially the sole provider of online casino games in Finland. Still, many turned to PAF due to their better games and promotions, which led to the conflicts between the two entities. The Finnish government decided that both companies may offer online casino games to all Finnish players.

Apart from the interior conflicts, online casino gambling is also a problematic area in international context. As Finland is a member of the EU, the country is supposed to adhere to its regulations which oppose monopolies that exclude companies from other member states. Finland, however, maintains that since all gambling is non-profit (although this is disputed, both PAF and Veikkaus Oy), they are exempt from the regulations.

The Finnish government has also been attempting to prevent locals from playing on foreign online casino sites by forbidding the advertisements of such companies. However publications with gambling advertisements may still legally be imported to Finland due to a loophole.

 

Online casinos accepting players from Finland

The following online gambling websites accept players from Finland:

 

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's 2020 animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.

Black Lotus Casino bonus offers

USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 300% match bonus, up to $3,250. Use the code: VENTURE300
  • $100 bonus. Use code: VENTURE100

Bonuses for existing players:
  • Deposit and get 37 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 37MILLION
  • Deposit $45 and get 299% up to $1,000. Code: 299MILLION & then get 47 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 47MILLION
  • One free spin on the "Millionaire's Bonus Wheel" , instant prizes, limited time only
  • Summer Samba Mini Game for returning players, huge instant wins credited to your player account if you are lucky, all throughout the summer
  • Every day between 6am and 10am EDT you'll get 50 Free Spins to play during our Happy Hour.
 

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

BGO

BGO casino banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered by BGO casino. You can read these offers below.

Next gen, cross platform and mobile compatible casino with the best casino games, live dealers and bingo. Best bonuses currently.

US players can not register.
  • 500 free spins!
  Legal disclaimer: Terms and conditions of the casino apply (if any). Check the casino's webpage for up to date terms and conditions and wagering limitations.  

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Only for UK players, new players only.
Playthrough requirement: 65x
Wagering limitation:
  • Slots: 100%
  • Roulette: 25%
  • All Blackjack Games: 25%
  • 3 Card Brag: 50%
  • Casino Hold'em: 25%
  • Baccarat: 0%
  • Everything else: 0%

 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.

Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

Betsafe banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered by European bookmaker and casino Betsafe.

Betsson sports-book and casino with live dealers&poker cross platform and mobile compatible.

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the casinos in the country, especially if you are from Finland or nearby. Thank you.

 

This article supplements the general guide to the legal status of gambling in Finland.

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Finland is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.

 

Last updated: 2020-07-12

 

Gamble responsibly,
SimonTheSorcerer

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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Finland
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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Finland
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A guide to the legal status of online gambling, including online casinos in Finland, including a description of the companies monopolising the Finnish online casino and gambling market
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