Player ID cards introduced by Danske Spil operator to enhance safe gaming

Leading Denmark’s operator Danske Spil introduced the Player ID card for all land-based betting and retail shops. The card which is named “Sikkert Spil” – meaning Safe Game – is available to stores that sell Oddset and Tips services, and it will be mandatory throughout its partner kiosks, supermarkets and petrol stations across the country. The Player ID card was announced in 2019 when Danske Spil estimated that 3000 gamers will be required to show the identification card to ensure that its games “are not sold to young people under 18 or abused by criminals for money laundering.”

Niels Erik Folmann, director of Danske Licens Spil, said: “Over the years, we have developed more and more protection to ensure that children and young people under the age of 18 do not have access to our sports games.

But we must unfortunately admit that we have not fully succeeded in the task. It is still too easy for minors to play in the shops, and therefore we are now introducing Safe Games.

We hope that our many customers, who are used to playing in the shops, will welcome the new Game ID, which they will now start trying out. It will probably require a little getting used to at first, but we have made an effort to make a solution that is easy and quick to use. And by using the Game ID, we can together protect minors from gambling.

With Safe Play cards, we register who plays in the shops, and we can follow the cash flows. It offers some completely new opportunities to combat both money laundering and match-fixing, when we can follow the money all the way from kiosk to match.

As long as there are game providers that make it possible to play anonymously, criminals will be able to fly under the radar. And at the same time, minors will still be able to play in shops. Therefore, we hope that it will become mandatory for all gaming providers that sell sports betting to introduce a gaming ID”.

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