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Online poker in Sweden: FAQ, laws, and top poker players

Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a country with a long history, including a Viking Age and one of the first Kingdoms in Europe. With a population of 10,2 million people and Swedish as its main language, Sweden it's a very popular destination, being Stockholm the European "Silicon Valley". One Swedish Krona is currently worth 0,11USD (1 USD = 9SEK); Sweden is an export-oriented mixed economy, the engineering sector accounts for 50% of output and exports and some of the largest engineering companies in the world are located there: Ericsson, ABB, Alfa Laval, and SKF.

Online poker in Sweden: FAQ, laws, and top poker players

Popular poker players from Sweden

Poker is not far away from this great development, as the TOP-10 Swedish professional poker players have won more than $30 million USD only in live poker tournaments, including a WSOP Main Event Champion (Martin Jacobson in 2014). 

From December 2017, Jacobson is an 888poker brand ambassador and its $10,000,000 prize at the WSOP is the fifth largest single payout in the history of poker.

Chris Björin is the only Swedish poker player who has won two WSOP bracelets (1997 and 2000) and he made one Main Event final table back in 1997; although being one of the most profitable poker players of Swedish history, Björin has avoided the cameras his entire life.

Viktor "Isildur1" Bloom is also one of the top Swedish players and it's an old-time player known by almost any poker enthusiast. Nowadays Bloom is sponsored by Unibet, but back in the golden era of online poker (nosebleeds PLO$500/$1000 sessions in Full Tilt Poker), Isildur1 was a poker rockstar.

Swedish poker players not only stand out in live tournaments: Niklas "lena900" Astedt is currently the best MTT poker player in the world according to the PocketFives rankings, and Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson occupies the 4th position, both players with more than $10MUSD in profits.

Johannes "Greenstone25" Korsar and "Andreas "Sheater" Samuelsson (also known as "gnetaren" or "asamus" in PokerStars) are also TOP-10 MTT players, not to mention they are also Swedish poker players.

Sweden ranks 9 in the Hendonmob database with $193,125,957USD won by its players, and 11 WSOP bracelets being Chris Bjorin the only one with two winnings (almost $6MUSD in live earnings), locating Sweden closer to famous countries like Russia, China or Spain.

Swedish legal background

The gambling legislation in Sweden is a two-way street. On the one hand the government has a monopoly with the Svenska Spel brand (founded in 1997), the national gambling company which also offers lottery and casino games, but on the other hand, you can play in any .COM site you like (30% tax) or any regulated .EU room tax-free. Swedish players are not segregated (only at Svenska Spel), which means they can play against players from all around the world.

The 1994 Lottery Act (Lotterilagen) and 1999 Casinos Act (Kasinolag) regulated the gambling market in Sweden creating the Swedish Gambling Authority (Lotteriinspektionen), making only illegal the promotion of non-licensed gambling brands, but as we said before, players are allowed to play wherever they like. Currently, a legal battle is ongoing between Sweden and the European Union, mainly because of the Svenska Spel monopoly, but it doesn't affect poker players.

Michael Tureniec is a Svenska Spel poker ambassador, and he ranks 3 in the top Swedish poker players by profits (>$3MUSD), being this a proof of the big effort that the Swedish government makes to attract new players.

With this in mind, Swedish players can make the best decisions when choosing a poker room. You can check out our guides to find out tournament overlays, the best rooms to play HU cash, Omaha, Chinese Poker, and of course which poker rooms offer more value to new players. Our team will be glad to help you with professional advice to choose the right room for your needs.

Of course, having all kind of poker rooms available allow Swedish players to make EV+ decisions every day. If you live in Sweden you can also be part of the big Asian apps boom (PokerMaster, PPPoker, PokerKing Asia) which is also a very interesting alternative or just ask our team for some advice on the best private reservations (Israel, USA, China) to play online.

Payment methods and e-wallets available to Swedish players

Sweden is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), so Swedish players won't have any problem making a deposit or withdrawal. Skrill, Neteller, and ecoPayz are available to process money transactions with debit cards to withdraw money in any ATM or pay in local stores. Bank wires and credit cards are accepted in Sweden too.

Also, a big cryptocurrency market is available in Sweden (today you can trade 1BTC to get 57,073SEK at Localbitcoins).

Playing online poker from Sweden FAQ

It is legal to play online poker from Sweden?

Although the local legislation requires Swedish poker players to play in the local network Svenska Spel, nothing stops players to take part of the action in any .COM poker room.

Which is the taxation cost of playing poker in Sweden?

Taxes for Swedish poker players go from 0% (if you play in poker rooms licensed in the European Union) up to 30% of the profits on offshore sites. No extra-rake is charged to Swedish players.

It is difficult to withdraw poker profits in Sweden?

Absolutely not! Swedish players can ask for a debit card from Skrill, Neteller, or ecoPayz, also they have the alternative to request a bank transfer. If you are a crypto-fan, BTC can be easily withdrawn into a bank account or Krona, exchanging it on the market.

What are the best online poker rooms to play from Sweden?

This question has multiple answers. Our recommendation is to add our team to Skype to get a consultation, also checking out our reviews to find out the perfect room that fits your needs.

If you live in Sweden, stay tuned on our Telegram channel for more EV+ news.

 

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