Denmark’s betting industry regulator Spillemyndigheden has revealed the extent of its crackdown against unlicensed betting firms. The regulator has confirmed that is has now blocked a total of 25 online betting sites that had been offering services to Danish customers.
The information was revealed in the regulator’s report on non-licensed gambling in the country. In the report, the regulator explains that it had been working with the anti-fraud unit of the Danish Tax Authority and had investigated a total of 502 sites during 2019.
Describing the work of tracking down and blocking illegal sites. The regulator’s report explains that the search process was able to track a large number of sites, and that it had been upgraded to include skin betting sites. These platforms often have aspects that separate them from traditional illegal sites, but the regulator has developed a search method that is able to identify them. They carried out reviews on 110 such sites during the year, with more detailed investigations carried out on six sites, and 15 petitions were filed with internet service providers to have sites blocked. The push to tackle skins betting sites follows a campaign to alert minors and their parents to the risks of such sites.
Although the regulator said that there were still challenges, they said they had made:
“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.”
In addition to the 25 blocked sites, the regulator also revealed that another case had been sent to court, detailing a number of new sites. They hoped that action in those cases would be completed during the coming year.