The Finnish state-owned gambling operator Veikkaus has announced its return to live poker in recent news. The return will be marked by a poker tournament.
Being a monopolist in the country, Veikkaus has covered all sectors of the gambling industry, and the poker vertical isn’t an exception. The national operator was forced to close its casinos because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it led to considerable losses in revenue in the first quarter of 2020. Although it tried hard to keep balance with the help of online services, it didn’t bring the desired profit.
Live poker returns to Finland
However, Veikkaus hopes that the current state can be improved by the upcoming poker tournament, which will take place this month. What is more important, matches will be held in a land-based casino instead of the online format.
The venue of this much-awaited event, the Championship of Live Poker, is Casino Helsinki. During several days, from October 26 to November 1, poker professionals will have an opportunity to compete after a long-term pause. According to the Veikkaus representatives, the event will be held in a concise format, with only thirty-five participants allowed in each tournament. It means that only five tables will be available to players for a match. All players will need to apply for the participation in main events as the capacity is very limited due to the pandemic.
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