Denmark: New rules for the gambling industry

The Danish gambling authority Spillemyndigheden has passed the laws around gambling in the country once again intensified. Internationally, the authorities in Scandinavia enjoy a strict reputation, even if the game is widely permitted here in many parts. Online providers are particularly affected by the legal reforms. These have to pay attention to numerous new requirements both in the area of ​​sports betting and in the area of ​​online casino games.

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Offline and online games of chance are enormously popular in Denmark. Online, however, providers will have to take into account new specifications from the gaming authorities in the future.(©DanMSchell/Pixabay)

New laws have been in effect since January 1st, 2020

Seit dem Jahr 2020 hat sich der dänische Glücksspielmarkt stark verändert. Den Grundstein hierfür hat die dänische Glücksspielbehörde Spillemyndigheden laid the foundation for this in a legislative reform. As is so often the case, it's all aboutimproved player protection and providing problem players with faster help if they need it. The new legal reform is one of a small series of changes to the law by the Danish authorities. Since 2021, online gaming providers have had to pay an eight percent increase in tax.

Various points are required of the gaming authority in the new law. In the past, such implementations were repeatedly requested at very short notice. However, these were rarely as extensive as in the current case.

New information and direct links for support

Casinos and gambling providers have to implement numerous new specifications online and in their respective apps. Apparently, many players would have had problems finding a licensed and legal betting provider in the large basin of the market. The result: although they look for a legal offer, some players end up with illegal providers without a license from the country. This should now be prevented by installingclearly recognizable proof of licensing on the website and in the app. Players can see at a glance whether and how the respective provider is regulated and whether it is a legal provider with a Danish license. In addition to this, the Swedish regulator requires that the offers provide information and direct links to the exclusion register. This is thenational self-exclusion system "ROFUS", with which the players can exclude themselves from gaming operations. The system was introduced more than a year ago, according to the Danish media, numerous players are said to have taken advantage of the support. In addition, telephone advice has also been offered by the gaming authority for a long time. It is said that many players have already taken advantage of this type of support. The number of blocked or registered players in the exclusion database is likely to be many times higher. The Danish authority states:

“It is not in itself a great success to be able to show so many calls. For us, however, the criterion of success is that those who need our help know that we exist. We are happy that our callers feel well advised and guided."

However, the changes to the law have not yet done anything about the points mentioned. It goes on. The authority attaches great importance toplayers being able to better control their bets and activities.

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Eine der schwerwiegendsten Änderungen in der Gesetzesnovelle findet sich zum Beispiel rund um die Einsatzlimits der Spieler. They have to set possible limits at the beginning of their casino career, with which the bets or losses can then be limited. The highlight: The players can adjust the limit flexibly and even define a weekly or monthly limit. The online gambling providers are then obliged to ensure compliance with these restrictions. However, a maximum for the players has not yet been set. They can set a limit, but they can set it as high as they want. In the case of large deposits or stakes, however, Danish online gambling providers are obliged to do so in accordance with theAnti-money laundering guidelines to check the origin of the money.

In the future, players should also be ableto check their activities with the gambling providers in more detail. So far, players have been able to see a review of the activities of the last twelve months. This enabled them to check which operations and losses were recorded in the past year. In the future, the range is to be significantly expanded and thus span the first day from the date of registration. Players can thenyears later still check how much money was bet, lost or won with the individual providers. The authorities hope that more players will use these records to analyze their own gaming behavior and possibly make changes themselves.

Denmark adjusts the market

Recently || |97wurden von der zuständigen Glücksspielbehörde immer wieder Änderungen ins Leben gerufen, which were often implemented within a very short time. This also includes the already mentioned tax increase to eight percent. Despite all the good efforts made by the authorities, they should be careful not to restrict the market too much with over-regulation. Denmark would not be the first country to act a little too boldly when it comes to regulating the gaming industry and thus weakening what is actually a strong market. From the player's point of view, however, the laws are initially very pleasing, since significantly better help for problem gamblers and much stronger protection against problematic gaming behavior is offered.

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Der Beitrag wurde am 17.12.2019 in dem Magazin von cpaws-ov.org unter den Schlagwörtern ,,, published.
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