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Finland Wants to Reduce Slots Number and Gambling Advertising

27 October 2020, 16:29
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Finland is looking to review its gambling rules to decrease the ludomania level in the country. The primary changes will be in the advertising sector, reducing the number of offline slots across the state, and implementing tighter control of underage gaming. Also, cutting daily and monthly limits may be reviewed, along with the time gambling machines are available for people.

Finland Wants to Reduce Slots Number and Gambling Advertising

According to the latest gambling news, the process of renewing the Finnish Lotteries Act has come to the stage of recommendations that a new document should have. The Ministry of Social Affairs has provided a two-sections report about gambling in the country, highlighting the sector and aspects that require changes.

The primary attention was dedicated to the slots, which are in high demand in Finland. The state's gambling monopoly operator, Veikkaus, is the only legal provider of offline slots. The report states that widening the number of operators can facilitate better customer protection, while Veikkaus is totally against such a step.

The representatives of national gambling monopolist insist on the steps they are making to provide strict control over the problem gaming. Thus, the provider reduces the number of slots and starts implementing ID cards to eliminate underage gambling. The operator has also decreased daily and monthly limits to €500 per person, while the report states that this measure is sufficient.

What other possible changes may appear in the renewed Finnish Lotteries Act?

One of the potential innovations can be related to the time when slots are available to punters. Other Nordic countries have already reduced time limits to midnight or so, while Veikkaus suggests slot games gambling all day round.

The issue of accessibility also relates to the online gambling sector and marketing. The authors of the report insist on a total ban of any promoting activity with mandatory warning messages about the possible problems related to ludomania. International operators are still waiting to receive local permissions after the renewed legislation, while now officials have called to block any access of Finnish people to forbidden platforms.

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