The Scandinavian nation Denmark (without Sweden, Norway, or Finland) and its celebrated territories, Copenhagen and Odense, are eminent for trading off brilliant Nyhavn anchorage, royal castles, cobbled avenues, a tremendous number of islands, the Jutland Peninsula, the Tivoli entertainment park, half-timbered houses, and the emblematic “Little Mermaid” statue. Connected to close-by Sweden by means of the Öresund bridge, Denmark is historically wonderful and its betting industry is a plus to its greatness.
Until Word War II, gambling amongst Danish people was not recorded.. However, gambling started around the early 19th century and was (and still is) openly monopolized in Denmark. A state company called Dansk Tipstjeneste ran almost everything relate to gambling throughout the country. The company has been active since the postwar years – precisely 1943.
At the time, gambling was considered evil but an inevitable one. So, the then-present administration decided to legalize gambling but to keep it a state monopoly. The company was later renamed Danske Spil, with the government owning 80 percent and the remaining was cleaved between the Federation of Sports and the Association of Gymnastics and Sports.
The company remained a state monopoly despite the creation of more and more subsidiaries. Also, a percentage of its gross income was used for the improvement of sports, culture and other social schemes compulsorily. In 1990, eventually, private operators were allowed to operate casinos in Denmark according to the new Danish Gambling Act. Nevertheless, the government strictly monitored their operations and activities and gave a limitation of the number that could be in the country. Currently, there are only eight actual casinos throughout the country.
The casinos were created according to the location and year of nationwide gambling competition. Also, a casino can open for only 14 hours per diem, tipping system was legalized, players must provide a form of identification before entering, member cards were established, and the number of players in a casino was limited.
From the 1990s to the years 2001 and 2003, changes were made to the Danish Gambling Act and the Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden). Further, the European Union in 2007 required the Danish government to loosen its strict gambling and gaming laws. Nonetheless, no big changes was made to the laws. On June 4, 2010, the laws were finally modified as Act No. 848 and Danske Spil’s monopoly was somewhat limited. So, private companies could then receive a license for operating a sportsbook or online casino. Free games such as chess, schachmaty, checkers, some poker variants and other card and sports games didn’t need a license anymore.
However, the owner of the private company must be 21 years or older, have no criminal record, and must have a feasibly profitable model or strategy to generate enough revenues for himself and the government.
On January 1, 2012, online gambling was legalized and polyopolized so other online gambling operators could operate online gambling activities within the country. More than 25 operators (including Ladbrokes, 888 and bwin) had already received a license from the Danish Gambling Authority before that year came to an end. To strengthen and protect Denmark’s legal online gambling industry, the year 2012 witnessed the government blocking almost 60 websites which offered a form of online gambling or the other.
Casino gambling and other forms of gambling are legal in Denmark. The country might be, considerably, small but there are 22 or more gambling facilities fully operational, licensed by the Danish Gambling Authority and regulated according to the Danish Gambling Act within the length and breadth of this European territory. And although the laws are outrageously strict, knowing them is recommended for both players and owners.
Despite the fact that Denmark’s official language is Danish, the greater percentage of the population speaks English native-like. Therefore, the atmosphere is always termed “international.” The population is a perfect amalgamation of natives and tourists from all around the world. In addition to that, the gambling scene is just brilliant. Although the casinos might not be comparable to those in Macau or Las Vegas, Danish casinos are up to par in all things fun, variety and prize.
The 22 gambling facilities in Denmark are situated in 12 cities and towns. Copenhagen, the country’s capital, offers seven gambling facilities as the largest gambling city in Denmark. Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense, and Charlottenlund each features two gambling facilities. There is a single facility each in Klampenborg, Helsingor, Vejle, Aakirkeby, Billund, Nykobing Falster, and Skive.
Further, Casino Copenhagen at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel is the largest gambling facility in Denmark, with 140 gaming machines, 24 table games, and 16,140 square feet terrain footage. Royal Scandinavian Casino is the second largest, with 100 machine games and four table games.
Similar to most countries, casinos in Denmark are parts of a bigger hostel, resort or cruise ship. The country features eight horse racetracks, one dog racetrack, five cruise ships, and eight casinos. In actuality, Denmark is one of the few countries to have a special racetrack for dog racing.
Casinos in Denmark normally offer diverse gaming machines and table games. Games usually include slot machines, craps, blackjack, American roulette, 3-Card Poker, NL Texas Hold’em, Lucky Ladies, Pai Gow poker, baccarat, punto banco, electronic roulette, Touch Bet roulette, Let it Ride, video poker, Texas Hold’em, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. Cash games and tournaments are also offered on poker.
The conventional bingo is not popular in Denmark, but a local variant in which all numbers are displayed at once is very popular. The variant is operated by Danske Spil and utilize a lottery-like system. Further, there are two lotteries in Denmark – one operated by Danske Spil and the other by Det Danske Klasselotteri. Both offer a wide variety of lottery games such as bingo, scratchcards, and keno.
Sports is widely loved in Denmark. In fact, more than 20 sports betting operators have licenses to provide sports betting options for Danish natives, residents and tourists. On the other side, online gambling is flawlessly legal – and quite popular – in Denmark. There are hundreds of websites offering online casino gambling, poker, bingo, sports betting and lottery which allow Danish people to gamble and licensed by the Danish Gambling Authority.
Below is a list of all casinos currently operating in the regions of Denmark.
Casino Copenhagen at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Casino Marienlyst (Casino Helsingor)
Casino Munkebjerg Vejle
Charlottenlund Travbane Racecourse
Don Corleone’s Casino House
Norwegian Cruise Lines – Norwegian Getaway
Nykobing Falster Racecourse
Racing Arena Aalborg
Royal Scandinavian Casino (Casino Aarhus)
– To enter and gamble in Danish casinos, one must be 18 years or older.
– Players can only enter a Danish casino with a proof of identity such as a valid passport or photo ID.
– The Denmark Casino Jackpot is a nationwide pool jackpot offered in all Danish casinos, while rewards a prize of $2 million or higher to any lucky player playing in any of these casinos.
– Obtaining a gambling license form costs 350,000 Danish Krone for operating an online casino and bookmaker and 250,000 Danish Krone for an online casino or bookmaker. The actual license costs between 500,000 and 1,500,000 Danish Krone depending on the estimated yield.
– Originally, the activities of other EU countries were not permitted within Denmark. After the last modification, all activities are perfectly permitted.
– According to the law, the government receives 20 percent of the profits of online casinos, 45 percent of the first €500,000 and 70 percent for profits above €500,000. Additionally, there is corporate tax of 25 percent after other fees are settled.
– Marketing and advertising of gambling facilities and activities are religiously monitored in Denmark so the people are not uneducated or misled. In fact, public figures and celebrities can only feature in an advertisement minimally and the promotion of third-party games is highly prohibited – so only Danish licensee can advertise.
– In addition to horse and dog racing, pigeon racing is popular in this part of Europe.
– In Denmark, there are more than 26,000 slot machines and 3,300 slot arcades. Therefore, the slot is the most popular form of casino gambling.
– Currently, there are more than 187 online gambling websites allowed in Denmark.
– According to 2006 and 2007 polls, Denmark is the happiest place in the whole planet. Similarly, Copenhagen is the third best city to live on Earth.
– In the whole Scandinavian territories, there is only one gambling publication – Online Poker Pro Scandinavia, which is Danish.
– The Danish Gambling Act No. 848 is divided into four parts. These parts individually and respectively focus on the scope and aim of the Act, defining and analysing certain terms in the Act, the license variety of legal games of chance, and criteria for operating a gambling facility within the length and breadth of Denmark.
– Casino Marienlyst is the oldest casino in Denmark, originally built in 1859 but was rebuilt in 1902 and the casino was added.
– The creation date of the Danish Gambling Act is factually unknown but it became widely known in 1990 when the new Act was passed and has been modified in 2001, 2003 and 2010 (the Gambling Act that became effective in 2012).
– In 2013, more than 50 licenses were given to 40 gambling operators.
– The Register of Voluntary Excluded Players (ROFUS) was created in 2013, which is a way for Danish players to voluntarily exclude themselves from online gambling.
– In February 2012, a 22-year-old Dane by the name Mickey Peterson won the 8th European Poker Tour edition in Casino Copenhagen and a prize of 2,515,000 Danish Krone.
– In 2013, the Danish Gambling Authority recorded eight percent increase in online gambling revenue compared to the previous years.
– Denmark and Norway share the Compass Casino – a ferry where both Danes and Norwegians can gamble.
– Bitcoin gambling is popular in Denmark. Although there are no Bitcoin gambling facilities yet, Danish people and visitors can access online Bitcoin gambling providers.
– The Danish Tax Authority (SKAT), separately, collects gambling fees, taxes, and duties.
– According to the Danish Gambling Act, gambling activities are divided into three: lotteries (games of chance), combination games (games of chance and skill), and betting (games based on the result of an event).