Playtech Launches Finland Online Poker Site

Published December 20, 2010 by OCR Editor

Playtech Launches Finland Online Poker Site

Site launched after months of delays over player protection issues.

After months of delays, the Finnish slot machine association Ray has finally launched its legal online poker site for players in the country.

Months in the Waiting

Online gaming giant Playtech was awarded the contract back in May to provide the software for Finland's state gaming monopoly, but the site's launch was delayed for months as legislators worked to clear up player protection issues.

Seven different poker games were already available to customers when the site went live earlier this week, with more set to come.

Poker in Finland

Ray, or Raha-automaattiyhdistys, is part of Finnish government's national monopoly, which is divided between three different governing bodies. Ray is responsible for slots, casino and table games specifically, while the other two bodies - Veikkaus Oy and Finntoto are responsible for lotteries and horse racing respectively.

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This latest move is a far cry from the negative developments of 2009, when the Finnish parliament debated banning all online gaming.

Online Gambling in Europe

However, Finland could still run afoul of European Union law, if it does not open its gambling market up to competition, as other countries - such as Germany and Austria - have found out the hard way recently.

The European Court of Justice ruled against Austrian restrictions on foreign gambling companies in a case decided in September.

See also

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