Danish regulator bans record number of illegal gambling sites

by William Brown Last Updated
Danish regulator bans record number of illegal gambling sites

A record number of illegal gambling websites have been blocked by the Danish gambling regulator.

Gambling Insider reports that the authority had instructed the websites to cease operations and later took the case to court.

In early March, the City Court started proceedings on the case and has agreed to uphold the Gaming Authority’s case.

The authority was able to provide screenshots from websites that proved active gambling was taking place without a Danish permit.

The blocking of sites has now commenced and the ISPs have decided to appeal the decision to the district court.

The blocking of 55 websites will be the highest number the authority has ever seen, since it began removing websites in 2012.

Director of the Danish Gambling Authority, Anders Dorph, said: “The record-high number clearly shows there is a need for a targeted effort and we will therefore maintain this increased focus in the future.

“One of our most important tasks is to protect players from illegal gambling. At the same time, we must ensure the providers who are licensed to offer games in Denmark can run their businesses under orderly conditions.”

Over the years, the authority has blocked 90 sites, with the new case raising the total to 145.

The Danish Gaming Authority has said blocking these sites is crucial in ensuring a fair and legal gaming market in Denmark.

Denmark’s land-based betting figures trend upwards

Against global trends, Denmark’s online casino and betting markets experienced a third quarter decline as retail sites reopened following closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Calvin Ayre reported in November that figures released last Friday by Denmark’s regulatory agency show locally licensed gambling operators generated US$244.2 million in the three months ending September 30, a 4.9 per cent decline from the same period last year, but a significant improvement on what was generated in the second quarter.

Land-based casinos were the only vertical to post annual growth in the quarter, a health six per cent rise.

Online casino revenue slipped nearly two per cent, with slots accounting for 74 per cent of this sum, up 1.6 per cent year-on-year.

Roulette claimed nearly 10 per cent, while blackjack took a seven per cent slice.

Desktop computers continue to fall out of favour with casino players, falling 4.5 points year-on-year to 40.4 per cent in terms of stakes.

The third quarter casino revenue declined 17.5 per cent, adding to claims that Danish gamblers weren’t freaking out and gambling away their money due to pandemic lockdown boredom.

Sports betting took the biggest hit during the quarter, down 11 per cent.

Digital channels accounted for nearly two-thirds of all betting revenue, with mobile’s share coming in at more than 50 per cent.

These proportions underwent only modest revision last year, but desktop’s share was less than half its quarter 2 total, likely reflecting the reopening of land-based betting halls following the pandemic lockdown.

Denmark’s problem gambling self-exclusion program had 24,321 names on its register as of September, up from 19,785 at this point last year, but only around 850 more from the end of the second quarter.

The end of the third quarter saw the start of the staggered rollout of the state’s run Safe Play player ID system for all its land-based gambling options.

The system has now been installed across the country, so as of this week, players looking to gamble will have to present either their physical Game ID or the mobile app version.

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