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Danish regulator victorious in illegal bingo court case

| By Robert Fletcher
Denmark’s regulator Spillemyndigheden was victorious in a court case against an association that was offering bingo and banko to members without the relevant licence.
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The regulator investigated the unnamed organisation at its premises in Odense in 2019 and found it had been offering both game types illegally to its members on a daily basis for a number of years.

Denmark has a monopoly on bingo and banko games, with state-owned Danske Spil being the only operator permitted to offer these services, except for games run by a non-profit lottery for the benefit of good causes.

The case was heard in court in Odense on 2 February, with Spillemyndigheden emerging victorious after the court ruled the Odense-based association breached national gambling laws by offering the games to members.

As such, the association was ordered to pay a fine of DKK15,000 (£1,784/€2,014/$2,153) as well as court costs.

The ruling comes after Spillemyndigheden last week revealed that gambling revenue in the Danish market increased 7.9% year-on-year in 2022 after a rise across all sectors.

Total revenue for the year stood at DKK6.72bn, up from DKK6.23bn in the previous 12-month period. Online casino remained the primary source of gambling revenue during the year, with this sector generating DKK2.90bn in revenue, a year-on-year increase of 3.2%.

Sports betting revenue also increased by 3.9% to DKK2.32bn, while land-based slots revenue jumped 47.6% to DKK1.15bn for the year.

Spillemyndigheden also reported a 58.6% rise in revenue from licensed land-based casinos to DKK3490m.

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