Danish Regulator Continues Crackdown Blocking 25 Sites In 2019

Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has continued its crackdown on unlicensed operators across the country, having announced it had blocked access to 25 online gambling websites.

The regulator, releasing its report on illegal gambling, clarified that it had been working alongside the anti-fraud unit of the Danish Tax Authority to conduct a search on 502 websites.

The report declared: “In 2019, the Danish Gambling Authority conducted three searches for potentially illegal websites in cooperation with the Danish Tax Agency’s anti-fraud unit. The search is still an important tool in the Danish Gambling Authority’s work in relation to monitoring illegal gambling, as it gives unique opportunities for searching and is efficient in covering a large number of websites.

“In relation to skin betting websites, the Danish Gambling Authority has developed its own search system, as these websites on many parameters differ significantly from the websites that the traditional searches are aimed at.

“The searches continually result in few websites with illegal gambling activities, and this is in accordance with the Danish Gambling Authority’s picture of the illegal gambling market, which is that there are fewer websites that directly aim their gambling activities at Denmark, nevertheless, websites with illegal mediation continue to pose a challenge.

“25 websites with an illegal provision of gambling were blocked in 2019. A new case concerning the blocking of websites has been sent to the court. The cases are expected to be completed in 2020.”

About skin betting, in 2019 the regulator conducted a study of 110 sites, with a more detailed review for six of the sites. The regulator also lodged 15 requests to block ISPs. This stems from an earlier campaign launched by the regulator to warn minors and their parents about the illegality of skin betting.