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As internet gambling becomes more and more popular, an increased number of countries choose to offer its citizens safe and secure opportunities to wager online. Following the recent decision of French government to control, regulate and tax online casinos, another member of the European Union decided to grant its only casino operator the right to provide internet gambling services. There is only one land casino in Finland and less than 20,000 slot machines total, so one company is enough to control and operate all gambling activities in the country. This company is called Rahaautomaattiyhdistys in Finnish, RAY for short. This stands for Finland’s Slot Machine Association, which earned more than €651 million in 2009.
Its Executive Director, Janne Perakyla had to choose a suitable platform that would allow RAY provide online gambling services to the whole country. An international tender has been announced, specifying that the company to be chosen should focus not only on the diversity of services, but primarily on the safety of wagering and prevention of illegal underage gambling. As RAY is going to be the only domestic internet betting provider of Finland, it was primarily concerned with staying within the limits set by the nation’s regulating authority. The tender was won by Playtech with its one of the best in the market customer support, reliable service and of course a constantly growing number of games. Playtech casinos has a lot of experience in helping land gambling operators go online, which was one of the reasons why it was granted an exclusive contract that would last for four years. The contract specifies that Playtech should provide a software platform for an online casino and a poker room that will be run by Finland’s Slot Machine Association. The unique developments of Playtech in the sphere of mobile gambling will also be implemented by RAY.
Playtech CEO Mor Weizer was looking forward to cooperation with such an experienced casino operator as Finland’s Slot Machine Association, mentioning that the success of Playtech in developing online platforms for land-based companies in the countries which has only recently decided to provide its citizens with safe and secure online gambling will help develop the evolving and challenging gaming market of Finland.