Veikkaus is closing its Casino Helsinki gaming site this month as part of its preparations for the July 1, 2021 implementation of authentication across slot machines and table games.
Last year, the group urged Finland’s government to accelerate the implementation of new laws requiring required ID checks in gaming arcades, with mandatory ID checks set to begin in 2023.
After long stating a desire to move toward a more responsible gambling environment, all open Veikkaus slot machines will require mandatory authentication beginning in July. Since January, vending machines in stores, kiosks, restaurants, and transportation terminals have required identification.
Following the closing of ticketed machines throughout the group’s Feel Vegas and Pelaamo brands on June 29 and 30, customers at Casino Helsinki will be able to play but will need to register with a casino card.
Gaming management options such as block play buttons, daily and monthly playing time limitations in slot machines, and purchase limits for table games will be available. In accordance with the Lotteries Act, the player can also impose a three-month to one-year prohibition on visiting Casino Helsinki.
Preventing gambling disadvantage
In a media statement the company said: “The transition to recognisable gaming is one of Veikkaus’ most important responsibility measures, which aim to prevent gambling disadvantages.”
This follows the group’s decision to make the temporary online gambling loss limitations imposed during the epidemic a permanent part of the country’s gaming laws.
As a result of the now permanent measures, Finnish online bettors will only be permitted to lose a maximum of €500 (£429/$596) each day while playing Veikkaus’ online casino games, which is half the initial daily cap of €1,000. A €2,000 monthly loss cap has also been established as a permanent remedy.
All online casino and slot players will be need to set their own daily and monthly loss limits, which must be less than €500 per day and €2,000 per month under the new legislation.