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Gambling in Denmark

All sorts of gambling in Denmark are legal, as of January 2017. The document that in general prescribes the norms of functioning of the Danish Gambling market is the Danish Gambling Act. The only exception from the regulatory force of this document are the poker tournaments which are subject to the Act on public poker tournaments. The organization that oversees the implementation of the Danish Gambling Act is the Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden). A privileged position on the gambling market in the country belongs to the state-owned company called Danske Spil, which has been in operation since 1948.

Although Danske Spil still retains a monopoly on lotteries, as well as horse, dog and pigeon racing, every other type of gambling is open to competing operators. Slot machines are the most popular form of gambling entertainment, with approximately 3,300 slot arcades and 26,000 machines out there.

Online Gambling in Denmark

January 1st 2012 was a watershed moment for the Danish online gambling scene. This was the date when new legislation entered into force, liberalizing much of the market. Though Danske Spil retained its monopoly over lotteries, number games and animal race betting, iGaming operators may apply for licenses in sports betting, as well as online poker and casino games.

The Danish Gambling Authority (SKAT) licensed s25 operators in the first year of the new law being in effect, including leading international actors, such as 888, Bwin and Ladbrokes. At the same time the government is adamant on preventing unlicensed foreign gambling sites from soliciting Danish customers. As a result they have blacklisted 57 sites in 2012.