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Poker Business News From Europe

by Brendan Murray |  Published: Jul 01, 2009

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Finland to Get State-Run Poker Next Year Finnish authorities have confirmed that a state-run online poker room is to be launched, most likely in 2010. A final report was submitted to the Finnish Parliament in April which will reform the Finnish Lotteries Act and allow the country’s slot machine association (RAY) to launch the state-run online poker site. Janne Peräkylä, director of gaming operations at RAY told the media, “This was a clear request by the government, and now we are to provide what is expected.” The report also says that foreign (non-Finnish) online poker sites will not be prevented from offering their services in the country. RAY says 200,000 people play online games in Finland and it hopes to attract between 25 and 50 percent of them. The necessary amending bills are to be brought before the Finnish Parliament in the autumn. Live Poker in UK Suffers Tax Setback ...


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