Spillemyndigheden blocks 83 illegal gambling websites in Denmark

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Spillemyndigheden, the Danish gambling authority, has stated it has been successful in blocking 83 illegal gambling websites in Denmark.  

Blocking the recent websites in the Næstved court, the authority noted that it is the tenth time it has gone to court to block illegal websites, in which it has blocked 359 illegal websites since the Danish gambling market was partially liberalised in 2012.

With Spillemyndigheden intensifying its efforts to block illegal websites that offer betting and online casinos without permission in Denmark, the 83 sites blocked means 2022’s 82 blocked websites has already been surpassed.

“We have intensified our work to shut down the illegal sites so that we now get them blocked twice a year instead of once as previously,” noted Anders Dorph, Director of Spillemyndigheden. 

“In this way, we can get hold of even more sites and minimise the period when Danish players are exposed to games that are offered illegally in Denmark. 

“Children and young people in particular are a vulnerable group. For instance, many of the illegal websites have very lenient requirements for age verification. Some of the sites also offer games that particularly appeal to children and young people, such as skin betting.”  

Spillemyndigheden monitors the market and uses automated searches to detect illegal gambling websites, in addition to following up on reports from the public and businesses.

If an illegal website is discovered, the authority informs the owners of the page to stop the illegal offering, before taking the case to the district court if they do not stop. Blocking procedures are implemented by internet providers.