Veikkaus to install loss limit tool on slots from September

Veikkaus introduced compulsory verification in January.
Veikkaus introduced compulsory verification in January.

The feature will allow players to limit their losses on Veikkaus slots across Finland.

Finland.- The state gambling monopoly Veikkaus will launch a tool on its slot machines next month to allow players to limit their losses.

The feature will allow players to choose the limit to place on their accounts. Finland’s Ministry of the Interior has already set a mandatory maximum loss limit of €500 euros per day and €2,000 euros per month, however, Veikkaus will encourage players to set their own lower limits.

The limits will be the same as for online casino games, ranging from €1 to €500 per day and €1 to €2,000 per month.

Since January, players have had to authenticate their identity using a Veikkaus ID card to use slot machines, which can be located in stores, restaurants, service stations and the operator’s own arcades. This allows the operator to track players’ losses across all products, from slots to online gaming.

Veikkaus communications manager Pipsa Öhman said the move was expected to help reduce problem gambling.

She said: “The devices know how to connect the player and the loss limits can be followed as players can no longer play anonymously.”

Veikkaus sustainability vice president Susanna Saikkonen said: “We are offering the players a more comprehensive set of tools with which they can control their gaming.

“We want to be a trailblazer of responsible gaming, showing the way to others. Responsible gaming also has a major impact on the economy. We have estimated that the responsibility measures we take will reduce our return to the state by €300m annually.”

Veikkaus begins redundancy talks with 830 employees

Veikkaus has begun negotiating with 830 staff members as it seeks to make 200 redundancies to ensure the continuity of its operations.

It said that as well as the redundancies, the employment contracts of around 330 employees could undergo substantial changes.

Minister for science and culture Antti Kurvinen has proposed that Veikkaus revenues be transferred to Finland’s state budget to safeguard funding for charities.

Noting that the state-owned monopoly’s revenue has declined, he argued that without changes, the income of charities and other groups that receive funds from Veikkaus will suffer. 

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