Estonian Gaming History
Estonia's parliament passed the Gambling Act in 1995, which established most of the gaming laws used in Estonia today. Estonia is a country of only one and a half million people, but it has a large gambling industry relative to this population.
For instance, the Estonian government has licensed some 20 different companies for legal gambling in the country. There are approximately 150 legal casinos and gambling venues in Estonia, which allows brick-and-mortar casinos, licensed online casino websites and a national lottery. 21 is the legal gambling age in Estonia, and those under 21 cannot even enter a casino.
Gambling establishments in Estonia cannot allow other economic activities to take place inside, and wins over 5,000 Crones or Krooni must be reported to the Estonian Ministry of Finance. The current average rate of taxation on games of chance in Estonia is 18%.
Casinos in Estonia
Mirage Casino - Parnu - The gaming tables at Mirage Casino in Parnu are open 12 hours a day, from 6pm until 6am. The property has 21 slot machines and 7 gaming tables, including 2 Blackjack tables, 2 Poker tables and 1 Roulette wheel. The casino also has a race book, a bar and a nightbluc. Call +372 443 1230 for casino information about Mirage Casino.
Casino Sfinks Pattaya Club - Tartu in Tartumaa - Casino Sfinx Pattaya Club in Tartu has 21 slot machines and 5 gaming tables, including 2 Poker tables, 2 Blackjack tables and 1 Roulette table. The phone numbers for this particular Casino Sfinkx are +372 730 3400 and +372 734 4999 for specific casino information.
Classic Casino Tartu - Tartumaa - Classic Casino has 5 gaming tables, including two blackjack tables, a roulette wheel and a poker tables. The casino is open 24 hours daily and includes a bar. The phone number for Classic Casino Tartu is +372 744 1616.
Olympic Casino Tartu - Tartumaa - Olympic Casino Tartu has 42 gaming machines and 6 casino game tables. The games offered at Olympic Casino are Roulette, Blacjkack, Baccarat and Poker. The casino property is open 12 hours, 7pm until 7am, on Money through Friday, and 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday. Olympic Casino also has a bar. To contact Olympic Casino Tartu, dial +372 630 5537 or +372 730 0831.
Bally's Casino Tallinn - Talinn, Harjumaa - Ballys Casino Tallinn has 41 slots and 8 gaming tables, featuring American Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, Blackjack, Texas Hold'em and Stud Poker. Bally's is open 24 hours a day. It has an Italian restaurant and a hotel property. The contact information for Bally's Casino is +372 692 1600. The 24/7 support line at Bally's is +372 692 1600 and their website can be found at www.ballys.ee.
Casino Mapau - Tallinn - Casino Mapau has 17 gaming machines and 5 gaming tables. The casino games offered are Poker, Blackjack and American Roulette. Casino Mapau also has two bars and a buffet, as well as a 149 room hotel. The slots are active from 10am until 5am every day, while the table games are open from 9pm until 5am every day. Dial +372 667 4698 for more information about Casino Mapau in Tallinn.
Casino Metropol - Tallinn - Casino Metropol has 29 gaming machines, including machines from Aristocrat Slots and International Game Technology slots. There are 11 table games, including games like American Roulette, Blackjack, Oasis Stud Poker, Omaha Hold'em and Texas Holdem. The casino offers complementary drinks, gaming instruction and a swimming pool. Call +372 641 8204 to learn more about Casino Metropol.
Olympic City Casino - Tallinn - 45 gaming machines and Keno gambling - The phone information for Olympic City Casino in Tallinn is +372 630 5537.
Classic Casino Tallinnas - Tallinn - 4 table games, including 2 Poker, 1 Roulette and 1 Blackjack table. The casino is open 24 hours and a bar is on the Tallinnas property. Call +372 648 4835 for more information about Classic Casino Tallinnas.
Metropol Casino Tallinn - Tallinn - Metropol Casino has 4 gaming tables, including 2 Blackjack, 1 Poker and 1 Roulette table. The property also has a bar, nightclub and cafe. The casino is open 24 hours daily, while the poker and blackjack tables are active from 6pm until 6am. To get information about Metropol Casino Tallinn, dial +372 640 4688 or +372 640 4683.
Reval Park Hotel & Casino - Tallinn - Reval Park Casino has 95 gaming machines and 18 table games. These table games feature 4 American Roulette tables, 3 Oasis Stud Poker tables, 4 Poker tables, 2 Baccarat tables and 1 Red Dog table. The property includes a 120 room hotel, a cafe and a bugget. The casino is open 24 hours a day. To get casino informatin at Reval Park Hotel and Casino, call +372 630 5537.
Slots Casinos in Estonia
This is a list of Estonian casinos which feature only gaming machines.
These machines might be only slots or might include video poker machines. After I mention the name and location of these casinos, I will list how many gaming machines are found on the property, as well as the casino's phone number.
Casino Sfinks - Elvas - 12 machines - +372 745 7975
Fortuuna Online Casino
Fortuuna.ee is an Estonioan internet casino. The site does not support the English language, but only supports the Russian and Estonian languages. The casino website also does not accept the U.S. dollar or the Euro, but instead only accepts deposits of Krooni.
Fortuuna offers an online sportsbook, bingo room and lottery. The site is a joint partnership of the Estonian Olympic Committee and Alands PenningAustomatforening. The site is powered by European Game and Entertainment, usually referred to as EGET. Eget is located in Marienhamn, Finland. Fortune Online Casino is located in Mariehamn in the Aland Islands. Fortuuna's primary web address is www.spordiennustus.ee. To ask a question of Fortuuna support, email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Estonia Lottery Games
The Estonian Lottery is administered by AS Eesti Loto, which is an Estonian- and Russian-language site. Eesti Loto offers games like Talveloos, Reisiloto and Miniloos.
Estonia Horsetrack Gambling
Estonia has one horse racing venue in the country: Tallinn Hipoodrome. The hippodrome puts on harness racing and maintains a race book for pari-mutuel wagers on the races. The race track open from 10am until 6pm on non-race days and 10am until close on race days. Tallinn Hipoodrome also includes a bar and a restaurant which both serve European cuisine. For information about the Tallinn Racecourse, call +372 677 1677 or visit their website at www.hipodroom.ee.
Estonia is the northernmost Baltic Republic, along with Latvia and Lithuania. Estonia faces Finland from the south side of the Gulf of Finland. Tallinn (also known as Talinn or Reval) is the capital of Estonia. Estonia is near the major Russian city of St. Petersburg. Estonia itself has a long and sometimes tragic interaction with its large neighbor, Russia.
Estonians are a Finnic people closely related to the nearby Finnish peoples. In the Viking Age, Estonia was mentioned as a pirate base. The country was not Christianized until relatively late by European standards, not being converted until the Northern Crusades of the 13th century, when Germanic knights conquered the land.
The Kingdom of Denmark also collected portions of Estonia in the 13th centyr, and Estonia was firmly tied to the Denmark and the Livonian Brothers of the Sword, the German knights, but the mid 14th century. Estonia had joined the Hanseatic league, a trading alliance of uniquely medieval merchant guilds, in the late 13th century. The Estonians would try to throw off German rule in the 14th century, but this failed. Russians invaded Estonia in both the 15th and 16th centuries, but these attempted conquests also failed.
The Kingdom of Sweden began its rise to power in the Reformation Age. Sweden would seize Estonia in the Livonian War in 1561, dividing the country between Estonia in the north and Livonia in the south. This distinction would remain until the end of World War I.
For a time, the Polish kingdom ruled the southern half of Estonia. Sweden would add this half to their domain in 1625. The Swedish king established reforms in Estonia which helped the peasantry, so that Sweden's rule is considered a good era in Estonian history. Sweden reached the height of its prestige in the 30 Years War of 1618-1648, but its time as a European power would be brief.
Sweden lost a major war to the Russian under Peter the Great. The Great Northern War from 1700 to 1721 saw Sweden gain early successes, only to lose to the greater resources and resolve of Peter the Great. Tsar Peter added Estonia to the Russian Empire. To cement his control over the Baltic coast and to open a door to Europe, he built St. Petersburg on the Baltic coast near Estonia.
Tsarist Russia would maintain in control for the next two centuries, until the end of World War I. They fought the Estonian Liberation War from 1918 until 1920 to gain freedom from the Soviet Union's control, sometimes with the help of German Freikorps volunteers. This freedom would be short-lived.
Just prior to the outbreak of hostilities in 1939, Hitler and Stalin signed the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact. In a secret protocol of the pact, Hitler renounced Germany's traditional interest in the Baltic States, essentially ceding Estonia and other Baltic states to the Soviets. This led to the Soviet Union's invasion of Estonia in 1940, which Estonians were powerless to stop. Estonia would become part of the Soviet Union as Estonia SSR.
From the summer of 1941 until the fall of 1944, the German wermacht occupied Estonia. Hitler broke his pact with Stalin and invaded the Soviet Union with a 3,000,000-man army. The Nazi occupation was originally viewed as a liberation, but the Estonians soon learned the Germans were just another occupying power. Germany rounded up Estonian partisans and killed many Jews in Estonia.
The Red Army returned to Estonia in 1944, and Stalin had tens of thousands of Estonians shipped to his gulags in Siberia. Thousands of Estonians actually fled the land with the retreating German forces. Estonia would remain an unwilling province of the Soviet Union until 1989. The Soviets made many attempts to Russify the Estonian people.
Russification attempts did not work as the Soviets hoped, for the Estonians regained their country following the events of the Singing Revolution of 1989 and formal declaration of independence in 1991. The declaration of independence came during the tumultuous events of a late-August Soviet coup in Moscow, where Gorbachev was taken prisoner by Soviet hardliners and Yeltsin led resistance to the coup. In such events, the Soviets were unwilling or unable to stop the Baltic Republics from declaring independence.
Since 1991, Estonia has tried to retain its independence of Russia, which has not always been so easy. Estonia became a member of NATO and the European Union in two seperate developments in 2004. Estonia has also established close ties with Sweden and Finland in the years since independence, and Estonian leaders have gone so far as to publicly identify their country as "Nordic".
Russia appears to remain somewhat un-reconciled to the independence of Baltic States like Estonia. Economic pressures have been exerted on Estonia, which once relied on the Russia for 92% of its international trade.
In 2007, Estonia charged the Russian military with cyberattacks on their nation, which left much of Estonia's internet infrastructure overwhelmed. The cyber assault came at the height of a diplomatic crisis, where the Russian government expressed anger over the Estonian government's desire to remove or relocate Soviet memorials to fallen soldiers from World War II, due to the Estonians' ambivalence about their role in the Soviet Union.
Many Estonian banking, government and media sites were spammed, so that a large percentage of Estonia's internet sites crashed. Since that time, Estonia has worked with NATO on defenses against such e-incursions, and Estonia has established its E-Military.
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