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Denmark Jurisdiction News

Blueprint Gaming supplies content to Denmark and Romania
After securing gaming certification, the company's portfolio of games will become available to players in the regions for the first time.

PlayOJO launches in Denmark
The online casino operator continues to extend its reach with its latest rollout.

This Week in Gambling: New York online poker is close
This week, J. Todd looks at the latest online poker bill in New York state and how close it is to becoming a reality. Also, we could be close to full online gambling regulation in Massachusetts.

APCW Perspectives: Weather-worn gambling news
This week, J. Todd braves the elements to bring you a world of gambling news from Germany, Denmark and all over the U.S. Plus, a new APCW sponsor.

Raketech acquires Danish poker, affiliate websites
With the acquisition of and, a leading poker community and iGaming affiliate website, the company has further strengthened its position in Denmark.

PokerStars to launch Stars Rewards program
The company will be introducing a pilot of its new rewards program in Denmark next week.

Quickspin goes live with Danske Spil
The supplier's mobile-friendly HTML5 games are now available in the newly-regulated Danish market.

iSoftBet to showcase ambitious plans at ICE 2017
After hitting a number of milestones in 2016, the company has announced its intention to enhance its content offering through the release of in-house and branded games.

Top 10 numbers you need to know from the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table
As we enter the ninth year of the November Nine Era, Casino City's Gary Trask crunches the numbers and comes away with some compelling trends and tidbits regarding this weekend's 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event final table.

Magnet Gaming expands internationally
The company has made the strategic decision to obtain licenses in new European countries in order to extend the range of their offering.

iSoftBet announces strategic partnership with Gamingtec
The company will provide its content portfolio to Gamingtec's collection of international casino partners.

LeoVegas receives Danish gaming license
The mobile gaming group will expand into the Danish market after a fall launch.

iSoftBet adds NSoft titles to platform
The provider will offer virtual sports games through its Game Aggregation Platform following a deal with NSoft.

TonyBet goes live in Europe with NYX
NYX Gaming Group has provided its Open Gaming System, or OGS, to TonyBet for the regulated markets of Lithuania, Estonia, Denmark and the U.K.

EveryMatrix celebrates successful first half of 2016
The company launched 25 new operators across Europe and Asia, increased monthly live events in OddsMatrix and more.

Simba Games relaunches
Prime Gaming has relaunched the Simba Games website in Denmark after a complete overhaul.

EveryMatrix announces launch of Anna Casino in Denmark
Anna Casino represents a success client story due to its unique approach to the world of casino gaming, its strong commitment to deliver quality games and its attention to create a safe and caring gambling experience.

NYX Gaming Group extends reach with Dansk Underholdning in Denmark
Multi-branded operator Dansk Underholdning Limited and NYX Gaming Group are proud to announce that NYX's Open Gaming System (OGS) is to launch across Dansk Underholdnings range of gaming brands, including, Bingo Slottet and recently acquired Ballet Bingo - Denmark.

Innovative new Danish venture lets people bet on share movements
In a first of its kind, an online venture has been launched that offers bets on the movements of shares.

PokerStars awarded sports betting license in Denmark
The Spillemyndigheden (Danish Gambling Authority) has awarded PokerStars a temporary one-year sports betting license, and PokerStars plans to apply for a full five-year license.

EveryMatrix secures license in Denmark
The Danish gambling market became fully regulated in 2012.

EveryMatrix applies for Danish betting license
The license will allow the iGaming provider to provide white-label branding to clients and to position themselves more strongly in the rapidly expanding Scandinavian gaming market.

NeoGames granted license for entry into regulated Danish market
NeoGames brings to the Danish market a refreshing approach with its unique expertise and focus on Soft Gaming players.

Danish online gaming taxes approved
Denmark's lower rate of online gambling tax approved by EU.

Denmark to break up state gaming monopoly
International news brief: Gambling is expected to enter a new era shortly in Denmark as deregulation opens up the gambling market to international companies.

WSOP champ Eastgate can't escape the taxman
International news brief: The Danish champ is subject to some of the strictest tax laws in the world and will lose a significant portion of his $9.1 million first prize.


Like many European countries, Denmark's progress toward a competitive online gaming market was slowed by the presence of a state-owned gambling monopoly. For years, Danske Spil, in operation since 1948, controlled both land-based and online gaming in Denmark. The Danish government controls 80% of Danske Spil. When Denmark moved to open the online gaming marketplace in 2012, Danske Spil retained its monopoly over lottery, bingo, keno, and a range of card and arcade games.

Denmark began its move toward liberalization in 2008 when Danske Spil's monopoly was challenged by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). After the challenge, the Danish government began the long process of creating a licensing and regulatory system that would open the online gaming market to other companies.

In June 2010, the Danish Parliament adopted legislation to open up the online gaming market. The law was challenged by land-based gaming companies on the premise that online gaming companies were being taxed at a lower rate than land-based operators. Danish tax requirements under the new law would tax land-based gaming revenues (in total) at rates between 45% and 75% of gross revenues. Meanwhile, online operators would be taxed 48% (in total – 20% GGR and 28% corporate tax).

The European Commission eventually ruled the two tax rates permissible, and Denmark's liberalization plan moved forward.

Danish gambling laws provide a structured system for the licensing and regulation of online gambling operations. Other gambling groups wanting to establish online gambling sites in Denmark must meet certain requirements. Operators must have an office that is physically located in Denmark and must have a reporting system in place that complies with Danish tax rules. The application fee is EUR 36,000 per license, with a dual license application fee of EUR 51,000 and an annual licensing fee ranging from EUR 7,000 to EUR 200,000, based on gross win. Unlike Italy, Spain and France, poker operators in Denmark are able to run their rooms with international liquidity, providing a better playing experience.

Danish authorities require ISPs to comply with blocking requests for unlicensed sites after a formal court injunction from a Danish judge.

In May 2011, the Danish Gambling Authority (DGA) revised its stance on a key regulatory provision for online foreign operators. The revised clause states, "In special cases, the Danish Gambling Authority may allow part of the licensee's gambling system to be located in a country that is not covered by a bilateral supervision agreement in accordance with subsection 2 if supervision by the Danish Gambling Authority of this part of the gambling system can be conducted in a satisfactory manner." This allows for the DGA to determine that parts of the online gaming service provided by Denmark do not have to be located within Denmark. That places Denmark squarely within the norm of European jurisdictions, most of which don't require online gaming servers to be in-country to be licensed.

In July 2011, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the Danish Gambling Authority entered into a bilateral cooperation agreement. The cooperation agreement establishes a "formal basis for cooperation and information sharing between the authorities."

In January 2013, the Danish Gambling Authority evaluated the performance of the online gaming licenses issued for their initial one-year period. Based on the review, it has extended the online gaming licenses to five years, affecting five local and 20 foreign gaming operators. The Authority also issued to nine smaller operators income-restricted licenses that limit gross gambling revenue to 1 million DK – approximately GBP 100,000.

In May 2015, Denmark received approval from the European Commission to make several modifications to its online gambling legislation, including full regulation of daily fantasy sports. The proposed new regulations would impose an increased licensing fee on operators that generate revenue of more than EUR 13.4 million.

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