Denmark's Regulator Takes Legal Action Against Illegal Bingo Provider
Denmark's gambling regulator recently triumphed in a court case against an association that had been offering bingo and banko to its members without proper licensing.
The Danish regulator, Spillemyndigheden, was successful in a recent court case against an organization that was offering bingo and banko to its members without proper licensing. In 2019, Spillemyndigheden conducted an investigation at the organization's premises in Odense and found that it had been offering both games illegally on a daily basis for several years.
As per Danish laws, bingo and banko games have a monopoly, with state-owned Danske Spil being the only authorized operator to provide these services, except for non-profit lottery games for charitable purposes.
On February 2nd, the case was heard in a court in Odense, with Spillemyndigheden emerging as the victor after the court ruled that the Odense-based organization violated national gambling laws by offering the games to its members. The organization was fined DKK 15,000, along with court costs.
This ruling comes after Spillemyndigheden recently reported a 7.9% YoY increase in gambling revenue in the Danish market in 2022. Total revenue for the year stood at DKK 6.72 billion, with online casino being the primary source of revenue, generating DKK 2.90 billion, followed by sports betting with DKK 2.32 billion and land-based slots with DKK 1.15 billion. Additionally, licensed land-based casinos saw a 58.6% rise in revenue to DKK 3490 million.