Denmark

Spillemyndigheden, the Danish Gaming Authority, has released its latest figures regarding self-excluded bettors within the country who have denied themselves access from gambling via the Register of Voluntary Excluded Players.

In the published update, the close of ROFUS’ 2021 year, ending December 31, witnessed a total of 30,451 players self-exclude themselves, including both temporarily and permanently excluded players as ROFUS allows self-exclusion periods of 24 hours, one, three or six months, or indefinite barring. 

“The Gaming Authority works to ensure a proper and well-regulated gaming market in Denmark, where gambling for money takes place responsibly,” Spillemyndigheden stated. 

“Protection of players is one of the Gaming Authority’s most important tasks, and the board has a department dedicated to working responsible gaming. The department handles both the administration of ROFUS and StopSpillet, the Gaming Authority’s guide to gambling addiction.”

By the close of ROFUS’ opening year in 2012, 1,456 Danes had self-excluded, with the figure reaching double digits by 2017 at 12,877 before nearly doubling by 2017 at a total of 21,586

This rise in player exclusions, which has occurred at a rate of 4,000 per year, has been attributed by Spillemyndigheden to increased promotion and referring of customers to ROFUS, as well as referrals ‘in a more prominent way’ via operator websites. 

The data published also revealed that young males were the most likely to self-exclude from the gambling market, with 76 per cent of all excluded individuals coming from this demographic whilst the 20-29 year old and 30-39 year old age groups consisted 58 per cent and men in these brackets accounted for 26 per cent and 22 per cent of all barred bettors respectively.

In comparison, women in the 20-29 and 30-39 year old age groups made up just four per cent and six per cent of total self-exclusion numbers, although the latter accounted for the most self-excluded females, followed by 40-49 and 50-59 at five per cent each.