Poker in Finland
Poker tables can be regularly be found in the Casino Helsinki, as of January 2017. Their poker selection comprises five variants of poker, each of which can be played as tournament and as cash games. The two most popular games in the pokers rooms in this casino are the Omaha Pot Limit and the Texas No Limit. On a sport level, poker is popularized by the Suomen Pokerinpelaajatry (Association for the Finnish Poker Players), founded in 2015, with the aim of responsible poker playing. Poker in Finland is pretty popular and much of this is due to recent televised poker games, to the availability of online poker, and to the publicity surrounding the Finnish poker star Patrik Antonius. Finland even has its own special poker variation – it's called Sökö, and it's very similar to 5-card stud, but between one pair and two pairs there are a couple special hands – a 4-card straight and a 4-card flush.
Online Poker in Finland
Finnish online poker is also popular, but is equally difficult to find. The government-controlled body RAY has a collective monopoly over the casino gambling in Finland, as of January 2017. This situation is unlikely to be changed in the upcoming years as the government actively supports its monopoly and constantly blocks the access to foreign poker sites from the country.