Best Finnish poker players
Talking about Finnish poker is talking about Patrik Antonius. Antonius is well-remembered as a protagonist of the nosebleeds Full Tilt Poker games against Isildur1 at the PLO $500/$1000 tables. With almost $11M in the live poker circuit, Antonius leads Finland all-time money list, followed by Juha Helppi ($7,4M), Jony Jouhkimainen ($3M), Kimmo Matias Kurko ($2,9M) and Jani Sointula ($2,8M). Finland ranks 15th in the HendonMob list with almost $120M in winnings. About online poker, Finnish players account $89M in profits, and "emeriaa," Sami "LarsLuzak" Kelopuro, "€urop€an," and Olli "jarildur1" Ikonen are the most famous online players, accounting together almost $30M in profits. Finnish poker players have won 3 WSOP golden bracelets.
Finnish legal poker background
The Finnish government holds gambling monopoly with three separate "companies": Fintoto, Veikkaus, and RAY, each one in charge of a different segment: horse racing, sports betting, and casino games (including online poker), respectively. RAY runs a small poker room with a closed liquidity model (only Finnish players are welcomed), but the good news is that there is no active restriction to join off-shore poker rooms and even some large brands accept poker players from Finland. This year Sweden, another Nordic country close to Finland approved a gambling regulation that opened the doors of the market, and some Finnish voices are asking for a similar control there.
Best online poker rooms for Finnish players
Considering the "non-regulated" market that exists in Finland, the best poker rooms are US-friendly sites like PokerKing (Winning Poker Network), TigerGaming (Chico Poker Network), European networks like MPN (Red Star Poker, Guts Poker), iPoker (Betfair, Winner Poker), the "Eurasian" GG Network (PokerOK, BestPoker), partypoker, and for those ready to jump into the alternative poker rooms world, Worldpokerdeals grants safe access to Finish players to Israeli, Indian, Italian, and Chinese poker rooms. Our recommendation as affiliates is to contact our team to get personalized advice to find a poker room that suits your needs (stakes, format, time zone).
Playing online poker from Finland FAQ
How to deposit and withdrawal money at online poker rooms from Finland
Finland is SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area, SEPA) member, and that gives access to the best payment processors like Skrill, Neteller, and ecoPayz, and debit cards can be requested to withdraw money from an ATM easily. Finnish players can also use cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or USDT, which are experiencing a new boost right now and these are easily exchanged on sites like Exmo or Localbitcoins.
Is online poker legal in Finland?
RAY runs the only legal online poker room in Finland; there is also another room operated by PAF, the RAY equivalent in the Aland Province. But, there is no regulation against joining international poker rooms like those recommended by Worldpokerdeals; in short, online poker in Finland is not illegal, and you can join the best online poker rooms without any doubt.
Do I get rakeback from Finnish online poker?
Finnish poker players are welcomed to take advantage of the top rakeback deals offered by Worldpokerdeals; our team will give you all the details needed to start playing at soft online poker rooms and rakeback up to 100%.
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