3 Simple Tips for Safer Gambling in Finland
Since 1996, the market has remained firmly in control of the three state-owned entities namely Veikkaus Oy, Fintoto Oy and RAY.
11:20 23 November 2020
Nothing much has changed in terms of regulation except for a few laws relating to playing in online casinos.
As of writing this article, the Finnish gambling market remains closed to offshore casino operators and sites. In fact, it is illegal for offshore casinos and sites to advertise here. But thankfully, these laws do not restrict Finnish gamblers from playing at foreign sites and casino operators. This comes across as a bit of a relief to many people who are not pleased with the limited legal options they have here. For instance, Veikkaus.fi is the lone online casino operated and owned by the extremely popular (as you might have guessed already) Veikkaus Ltd. The consensus among gamblers is that the site leaves one wanting more with its limited selection of slots and table games even though they have some established companies like Playtech, NetEnt and Yggdrasil etc to count as their tech providers. As a result, local gamblers are turning to much more attractive and rewarding casino experience available at offshore sites mainly based in the UK.
Not surprising, isn’t it? Those who wager with real money expect a good experience overall. Gamblers typically expect the site they play at to give them a wide selection of games, run several promotional offers from time to time, offer fast payouts and be flexible with their payment methods. If they cannot promise outstanding graphics and an enviable user interface this is the least they can do. But sadly, the legal and licensed online casinos in Finland are lacking in many of these areas.
Granted, not all offshore sites are good but the ones that stand out are really good all-round. These sites have created significant daylight between themselves and the licensed Finnish sites and are seemingly continuing to add a good chunk of Finnish gamblers to their tally every year, leaving the local regulator with a lot of work to do if it wants to catch up anyhow. As the gap continues to widen, it is high time the local regulator took stock of things and ringed in necessary changes to cater to the growing needs of Finnish gamblers.But what does the average Finnish gambler need anyway? A safe and an enjoyable gambling experience with a great selection of games, attractive bonuses, promotions in addition to multiple payment methods and support for cryptocurrencies. But that looks bleak with the options available. What is the alternative? Until the time the state-owned gambling authorities in Finland decide to open up and liberalise the market, your best bet is to find a reliable and established offshore casino site to play at.
Here are a few tips if you’re looking for a good casino.
Safe and Secure Experience
When real money is involved, the safety and security of the casino is something you cannot compromise on. For any casino to be considered safe for gambling, it needs to be regulated by established gaming authorities( whether it is in the USA or Europe) and have a trust seal issued by a reputed third-party agency. This way you know for sure that these games haven’t been tampered with.
Multiple Payment Methods
Availability of safe payment methods for both deposit and withdrawal is a true hallmark of a safe casino. The more the number of options, the better. Each payment method has its own pros and cons, and it is up to you to pick and choose the one that matches your requirements. Bear in mind that some sites allow you to claim your bonuses only with certain payment methods, such as Skrill, Neteller etc and reserve the right to deny bonuses when other methods are used. Read through the terms and conditions thoroughly and find out if there is any limitation as such, before making any transactions.
Dependable Customer Service
Good customer service is one area where many offshore sites struggle in, Therefore, it is very important that you deal with a casino which offers email support, live chat support and if possible phone support to help with any queries you may have. It is important that the casino offers support round the clock and in multiple languages so you can get to them quickly in case something goes awry.
It’s a little tough to find a good legal Finnish casino online right now that shines in all these areas; there’s no telling what the future holds though. But, you always have a choice. Whether it is slots or live casino games or table games that you want to play, you could choose to play at a reputable Finnish casino that ticks all the above boxes. You won’t be disappointed at all. After all safe gambling is all about peace of mind so you can focus on maximising your winning without having to worry about anything else that may occupy your mind.