Swedish FlagIt’s said that gambling runs deep in the history of Sweden in fact, it’s said that the tradition can be traced back as far as the year 1020 when a Swedish King was gambling with the King of Norway over the ownership of a district.

The Swedish King won the district with a roll of the dice, when he rolled two sixes, the King of Norway lost the roll with a 6 and a 7.

Online Poker in Sweden

Poker is highly regulated in Sweden, in fact, just last month, Swedish authorities (Skatteverket) cracked down on illegal poker play in a big way. Poker players in Sweden received letters from Skatteverket that demanded any records pertaining to poker play outside of the European Economic Area between 2008 and 2011.

Players were instructed to submit bank statements from any and all institutions where they may have received deposits from poker winnings; they were also instructed to provide Skatteverket with their poker site usernames.

Many online poker sites were specifically named in the letter including:

  • PokerStars
  • Absolute Poker
  • Bodog
  • Full Tilt Poker

Swede’s can play poker legally, but they must do it on a poker site that is licensed within the European Economic Area (EEA). They must also pay copious taxes.

Licensed Swedish Poker Sites

In order for Swedish poker players to play at an online poker site, and avoid tax, that site must be licensed within the European Union.  During 2012, major poker site PokerStars.com added a new domain that is indeed licensed within the European Union thus creating a tax free environment that allows Swedish poker players like ilsildur1 to continue to play tax-free on the site.

Due to the PokerStars change, players with accounts at PokerStars.com from the following countries will migrate their accounts to the new servers at PokerStars. Players from the following countries that do not as of yet have accounts with PokerStars can visit PokerStars.eu to sign up for a new account.

  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Greece
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Greece
  • Slovania
  • Germany
  • Luxembourg
  • Betsafe (MicroGaming)
  • Slovania

 Sites with an EU Poker License


  • Black Chip PokerPoker Sites licensed in the European Union
  • Carbon Poker
  • Lock Poker
  • ComeOn Poker
  • NoProPoker
  • 888 Poker
  • Betsafe (Ongame)
  • Party Poker
  • WPT Poker

Playing Poker in Swedish Casinos

Poker in StockholmCosmopol Casino in Stockholm Sweden

Casino Cosmopol located in Stockholm in Sweden offers daily poker tournament events, as well as cash games. The cash game rake is 5% of the pot. The maximum rake taken per hand is $100. Players playing 10/10 blinds will be subject to a 10% rake, with a max rake per hand of $60.

  • Texas Hold’Em
  • Pot Limit Omaha
  • Dealer’s Choice

Dealer’s Choice games at Sweden’s Stockholm can include: Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 5 Card Omaha, Courchevel, Crazy Pineapple and/or 7 card stud.

The following blind levels are available to cash game players:

No Limit Poker
10/10 (buy in 200 -1000)
20/20 (buy-in 500-4000)
50/50 (buy in 2500 to 10,000)
100/100 (buy in 5000 to 20,000)
Pot Limit Poker
20/20 (my buy in 1000)
50/50 (min buy in 2500)
100/100 min buy in 5000)
Fixed limit Poker
50/100 (min buyin 1000)
100/200 (min buyin 2000)
200/400 (min buyin 4000)

Poker in GothenburgGothenburg Swedish Casino

Casino Cosmopol features 18 poker tables located in in Göteborg. Like the casino in Stockholm the casino charges 5% in rake.  The poker room features cash games, sit n go style tournaments, and multi-table tournament events. The Göteborg Casino Cosmopol is open during the week from 18 o’clock to 04:45 during the regular schedule. During some special event s the poker room is open on weekends.

Poker Casino Cosmopol Malmo Casino in Southern Sweden

The casino in Malmo is located just about 30 minutes outside of Copenhagen in Sweden, so it’s a popular destination for tourists and locals in Copenhagen as well as in Malmo.

The poker room is open Monday through Sunday from 18:00 to 03:45.Cosmopol Casino in Malmö
Poker Games at Casino Cosmopol in Malmö

  • Texas Holdem
  • Omaha Poker
  • Poker Tournaments


Poker in Sundsvall

Casino Cosmopol in Sundsvall features poker tournaments, as well as sit n go style games and live cash game poker. The poker room in Sundsvall is open Monday through Friday from 19::00 – 03:00 on Saturday’s from 16:00 – 03:00 and on Sundays from 19:00 – 03:00

Poker Games offered in Sundsvall

  • Texas HoldemCasino Cosmopol in Sundsvall Sweden
  • Omaha Poker
  • 7 Card Stud
  • Courchevel
  • Crazy Pineapple
  • 5-Card
  • Omaha
  • Dealer’s choice
  • Poker Tournaments
No Limit Poker Games in Sundsvall PotLimit Poker Games in Sundsvall
10/10 (buy-in 200-1000 SEK)
20/20 (buy-in 500-2000 SEK)
20/20 Deepstack (buy in 1000-4000 SEK)
50/50 (buy in 1000 to 10,000 SEK)
100/100 (buy in 2000 to 20,000 SEK)
200/200 (buy in 5000 to 40,000 SEK)
10/10 (buy-in 200-1000 SEK)
20/20 (my buy in 1000 SEK)
50/50 (min buy in 2500 SEK)
100/100 (min £ 5,000 buy-in)
200/200 (min buy in. £ 10,000)

Less Common Poker Games Played in Swedish Card Rooms

>> Courchevel Poker in Sweden

Courchevel Poker is played just like Omaha, except for two small details. Like in a game of Omaha, each player receives 4 cards. In a game of Omaha, after receiving their hole cards, there players would bet, in Courchevel , they wait. 1 flop card is dealt, and THEN they bet. Then the next two flop cards are dealt, and play resumes exactly as it would in a game of Omaha.

>> Pineapple Poker in Sweden

Just like in a game of Courchevel Poker, Pineapple Poker is basically Holdem with a twist. In a game of Pinapple poker, each player receives 3 hole cards. They make their bets, a flop is dealt. Then each player makes a bet, and discards a card! That’s the twist! After the discard, players continue to play the game just as they’d play Holdem.

Mobile Poker in Sweden

Pokerstars, Bet24, and Betsson Poker all offer mobile apps that are available from within Sweden.

Famous Swedish Poker Players

Viktor Blom – isildur1 – Former PokerStars Pro
Rino Mathis – PokerStars Pro
Erik Cajelais
Erik Friberg
Martin de Knijff

Written by AKA LadyHoldem

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