Review written by Sophie Couard, on March 2, 2016.
The Casino in Helsinki is located right in the heart of the Finnish capital, right next to the central station. Overall, it is a very impressive complex! The building is beautiful and it tastefully combines modern design with traditional decorations.
Once you are inside you can see lit up blue steps and a lit up ceiling that both really light up your evening! I must also say that this is the first completely digital casino in Europe. You will be overwhelmed by seeing the 100 m² that are packed with oversized video screens. The atmosphere is fantastic!
However, all this is designed to attract mainly tourists, although I must also admit that playing in such an atmosphere is simply amazing. In any case, the thing that interests us and the other players the most are the games, and not so much the surroundings. Just like the present is more important than the box it came in. So, what does the casino have to offer? This is what you will find out in the following paragraphs.
A small casino but with a great game selection
The Casino in Helsinki does not have the largest games room of the world. It is very far away from competing with the other huge complexes in Macau or Las Vegas, as it only has a size of around 2,700 m². Nevertheless, I would like to mention that it is still a good size for Europe, especially as the game selection is very good.
The slot machines
The slot machines are available 7 days a week from noon until 4 am, and they are spread over two floors. There are 300 devices available from leaders of the industry, such as:
Among the games are:
- slot machines with mechanical reels,
- modern video slot machines,
- games where you can win a progressive jackpot, such as the Mega Bonus Jackpot,
- video poker, such as joker poker, jacks or better and pick'em poker,
- an electronic roulette from €2 with 20 seats.
Each of these machines, with the exception of roulette, also give you the chance to win the Mystery Jackpot. The jackpot is paid out randomly and it can be won with any bet without even getting a paying combination. Every day it pays out €500 to a player, and can also award an amount of €100 at any time.
The table games
There are 20 tables with traditional games available in the casino. They are available every day from 13.05 pm. You can play:
- European roulette,
- dynamic poker pro,
- Russian poker,
- punto banco.
The minimum stakes at each of these traditional games start from €2.50.
The casino also has a poker room offering half a dozen tables. The room is open from 6.15 pm, and you can play Texas Hold'em No Limit or Omaha Pot Limit in:
Before ending this section about the casino, I would like to mention that the casino is open to everyone over 18, and it is necessary to present a valid proof of age, such as an identity card, driving license or passport.
Two restaurants, two bars and a hotel
You don't even have to leave the Casino in Helsinki to have a fun night! In fact, you can dine, drink and sleep in the complex!
The Fennia Salon
The Fennia Salon is the pride of the establishment and you can also understand why when you try the fantastic food. The wine list is also excellent. The restaurant is open every night from 6 pm to 11 pm, and it can accommodate up to 150 people.
The Pajazzo Trattoria
The Pajazzo Trattoria is only open for lunch between 11 am and 3 pm. This restaurant offers great Italian food, and you can find a nice selection of pasta and pizza dishes, plus some less traditional specialties.
The Bar All In
The casino has a bar located on the ground floor, that offers a diverse selection of smaller snacks and beverages. There is a large selection of beer and cider, and I was also surprised to find a lot of organic wines. The bar is open every day Sunday to Tuesday from noon until 2 am, and until 4 am from Wednesday to Saturday.
The Sports Bar
The Sports Bar is the meeting place for all sport lovers. You can watch the biggest international competitions on thirty screens! You can try all types of alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages and excellent cocktails, hot or cold. I would also like to make a special mention of the delicious burger with fries for just €10.
The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
The Casino in Helsinki is located in a prestigious luxury hotel: the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. It has:
- 302 rooms and suits allowing you to enjoy the quality standards of the group,
- 2 restaurants (Kitzens and Plaza H.U.B.),
- 1 bar (Bar 7 Blings),
- 1 lounge (Plaza Lounge),
- 1 gym.
A perfect location
The Casino in Helsinki is located right next to the central station, just few steps away from several bus and tram stations. It is very easy to reach the casino and the surrounding attractions, such as the National Theatre, shopping centres Stockmann and Sokos and many restaurants and bars. The international airport Helsinki-Vantaa located half an hour away by car, taxi or bus.
In short, the Casino in Helsinki is a great establishment for playing casino games in a fantastic atmosphere. The game selection is very diverse and I especially loved the Mystery Jackpot that gives you an additional chance to win money.
The bars and restaurants are also very nice, and a special mention goes to the food from the Fennia Salon, and to the Sports Bar for the great atmosphere. Of course, there is also the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel that offers a high level of excellence when it comes to accommodation.
All these points are consistently positive and I can only make a very positive assessment of the complex.
A few steps away from the central station.
Around 30 minutes (by car, bus or taxi) away from the international airport of Helsinki-Vantaa.
Slot machines : from noon to 4 am.
Table games : from 13.05 pm to 4 am.
Poker : from 6.15 pm to 4 am.