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Danish regulator bans 18 illegal gambling sites

Danish Gambling Authority Spillemyndigheden conducted three web searches in collaboration with the Danish Tax Authority and decline in the number of illegal gambling websites targeting Danish players indicates a limited illegal gambling market in the country.

The regulator ultimately found that 22 sites were breaching regulations by offering gambling without the relevant licence, and ordered them to withdraw from the Danish market. Spillemyndigheden followed up on this by requesting local internet service providers block 18 websites that did not respond to the issued petitions – the highest amount since legalisation in 2012 and the first time any sites have been blocked since 2014.

The regulator also highlighted a growing problem with skin betting, where video game players use in-game items as collateral for wagering. A total of 95 problematic sites were identified during one of the three searches,  leading to 17 being ordered to cease activity, and six blocking orders. Spillemyndigheden said up to 25 additional sites are likely to be targeted in the coming year.

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