Simon’s Guide to Gambling and Online Gambling in Denmark

This is a picture of the Danish Casino and Strandhotel Marienlyst in Helsingør. Under the picture you can read about the laws, regualtions, rules governing the various forms of gambling and online gambling in Denmark.

Denmark gambling guide

 

Gambling and online gambling are legal and strictly regulated in Denmark. The law regulating gambling activity in Denmark is the 2012 Gambling Act passed in 2010 and is in effect since 2012, amended numerous times. The so called “Spillemyndigheden”, Danish Gambling Authority is tasked with enforcing, overseeing and licensing gambling establishments, land-based or online within the country. In accordance with the gambling law operators require to obtain a licence. Also created in 2012, the Danish Gambling Authority has issued over 50 licences so far to both local and international gambling companies. Despite the casino gambling being legal the number of land based casino licenses is very limited, per person Denmark has one of the fewest casinos in Europe, and the ones that are in the country are not particularly large.

Lotteries, lottery type games, keno and bingo are not part of this licensing system. Danske Spil, the national lottery of Denmark has a monopoly on lotteries, instant games, bingo, keno, horse racing, so acquiring a license in these is not possible.

The Gambling Act specifically regulates betting, casinos and lotteries, these are the main focus groups of the gambling law in Denmark. Betting is mostly sports betting and the lottery section includes all lottery type games (raffles, tombola, keno included). This grouping is understandable if you take into account the the structure of the Danish gambling market. this helpful diagram (from the Danish Gambling Authority*) will illustrate it perfectly:

This is a diagram of the share of various forms of gambling within the Danish gambling market in 2020, includes onlien gambling as well. Bot above and below the picture is an explanation of the various statistics, numbers of the diagrams.

Denmark gambling statistics 2020

33% of all payer spending is on lottery products (down form a 38% in 2015) making it by far the biggest segment of the market sill (has always been the biggest segment and always been a monopoly of the national lottery). The second biggest is the “betting” segment (sports betting mostly, went up from 24% in 2015) with 26% (horse racing betting is the worst performing sub-segment in this category with less than 1% of total player spending and steadily declining). Gaming machines due to stricter regulations on placement and due their declining number and high taxes (41%) are now only the fourth biggest segment (was the third biggest in 2015, went down form 19% in 2015, on the losing side of the Danish gambling trends). And the clear winner of the Danish gambling market is online gambling, it’s sharply on the rise (went up from 16% in 2015, by far the biggest increase). This is true for all developed countries actually, not just Denmark, online gambling appears to gain momentum and it is unstoppable, not even ever stricter regulations, licensing requirements and higher taxes seem to slow it down. And traditional, land-based casinos have been getting the short end of the stick in Denmark, making them the biggest losers with an insignificant 3% share of the pie (went down from 5%, which was already bad, to a measly 3%), in terms of gambling tax their contributions are negligible.

In accordance with the law, lotteries as well as wagering on horse, dog and pigeon races remains a state monopoly run by Danske Spil A/S. All other gambling services may be provided by private companies, provided they apply for and receive a gambling permit, and pay the licensing fee and gambling tax associated with the specific type of gambling licence**.

The 2012 Gambling Act regulates not only land-based but online gambling as well. Only licensed online gambling operators may provide gambling services in Denmark, and several unauthorised sites have been blacklisted. Online gambling websites licensed in other EU countries but not in Denmark don’t seem to be banned currently, and even most of the offshore gambling websites remain accessible, despite the government claiming otherwise (I just tested it with IPmasks)

The gambling tax in Denmark is an astronomically high 45% for casinos, 41% for slots outside casinos and 28% for online gambling sites (from 2021 onward). And unlike most countries where the tax is the percentage of the winnings of the casino, the gambling operators in Denmark are taxed after total revenue, a significantly less fair system.

Those operating illegal gambling sites or establishments within Denmark may be fined and imprisoned. Players who place bets on illegal, unlicensed websites by mistake are not fined or imprisoned only the operators. The legal status of unlicensed foreign online gambling sites is more complex due to EU laws. The Gambling Act mentions that (anyone who) “makes a living by gambling activities for which a licence has not been granted” (may be fined). Though the definition is unclear, this does not seem to apply to casual gambling (targets advantage gambling and professional gamblers, poker players), and there have been no reports of players prosecuted for online gambling and many offshore online casinos still accept players from Denmark (see below).

 

*Source: Danish Gambling Authority – Denmark Gambling Market 2020

**Source: Government of Denmark Official Page – 2012 Gambling Act

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Denmark

The following online gambling websites accept players from Denmark:

 

Black Lotus Casino

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Black Lotus Casino bonus offers

USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 300% match bonus, up to $3,250. Use the code: VENTURE300
  • $100 bonus. Use code: VENTURE100

Bonuses for existing players:
  • Deposit and get 37 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 37MILLION
  • Deposit $45 and get 299% up to $1,000. Code: 299MILLION & then get 47 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 47MILLION
  • One free spin on the "Millionaire's Bonus Wheel" , instant prizes, limited time only
  • Summer Samba Mini Game for returning players, huge instant wins credited to your player account if you are lucky, all throughout the summer
  • Every day between 6am and 10am EDT you'll get 50 Free Spins to play during our Happy Hour.
 

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

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  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

 

Summary:

 

 

Casino gambling in the Denmark

 

Online casino gambling in the Denmark: legal, requires a licence

 

Casino gambling is legal in Denmark and requires a licence issued by the Danish Gambling Authority. The 2012 Gambling Act defines the difference between land-based casinos and gaming machine arcades; the latter may host only 3 slot machines while the former is allowed to offer tables games: roulette, dice games and card games: baccarat, punto banco, blackjack, poker as well. The licensing requirements, fees are stricter and the gambling tax is higher for casinos (gambling tax for casinos is 45% for slot halls 41% both extremely high, one of the highest in all of Europe).

Gambling laws also apply to sea and air vessels in Danish territory. There is, in fact, a few ferries between Denmark and Norway where passengers can play, the Compass Casino group manages these small slot halls (usually not real casinos just slot halls, e.g.: DFDS Pearl Seaway ferry). Apart from this there are currently only 6  proper brick and mortar casinos in Denmark and at least a hundred smaller slot halls.

Operating online casino sites in Denmark also requires a gambling licence. Games allowed in online casinos are the same as in land-based ones. Unauthorised, unlicensed online casino operators may be blocked and fined for offering their services in Denmark. Players participating in casual gambling on foreign online casino sites don’t seem to be breaking the law and are not prosecuted.

The following online casinos below accept players from Denmark.

Online casinos accepting players from Denmark - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Denmark:

Black Lotus Casino

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  • Get 300% match bonus, up to $3,250. Use the code: VENTURE300
  • $100 bonus. Use code: VENTURE100

Bonuses for existing players:
  • Deposit and get 37 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 37MILLION
  • Deposit $45 and get 299% up to $1,000. Code: 299MILLION & then get 47 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 47MILLION
  • One free spin on the "Millionaire's Bonus Wheel" , instant prizes, limited time only
  • Summer Samba Mini Game for returning players, huge instant wins credited to your player account if you are lucky, all throughout the summer
  • Every day between 6am and 10am EDT you'll get 50 Free Spins to play during our Happy Hour.
 

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

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  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Click here for more info on casinos in Denmark.

 

 

Bingo in the Denmark

 

Online bingo in the Denmark: legal, requires a licence, monopoly of Danske Spil

 

There are two known versions of bingo in Denmark. The game generally known as bingo requires a gambling licence, and is not very popular in Denmark. A local version of bingo, where winning numbers are shown at once, is much more widespread in the country (it’s called instant bingo or instant game in other countries). However, this is a lottery-style game and as such falls under the monopoly of Danske Spil.

This type of instant online bingo is available on Danske Spil’s website in several versions. The monopoly applies online as well, which means there are no other licensed online bingo operators. Locals may play on international online bingo sites, if they are licensed in other EU countries as these don’t seem to be blocked right now. There are not many of these, in fact I could any.

 

Poker in the Denmark

 

Online poker in the Denmark: legal, requires licence

 

Poker is legal according to the 2012 Gambling Act, which introduces the category of “combination games”, where the probability of winning is based on a combination of skill and chance and that is poker exactly. Poker falls into this category, and operators must acquire a licence to organize poker events legally. Poker is quite popular in Denmark, with the most well-known Danish poker player being Gus Hansen.

Online poker is also legal in Denmark, and poker sites that wish to accept players from Denmark must also apply for a licence. Denmark has made the decision not to “fence off” its online poker market, which means players may compete against poker players from other countries.

The online casinos below have poker and accept players from Denmark.

Online poker sites accepting players from Denmark - click to see

The following online casino websites have poker and accept players from Denmark:

 

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[caption id="attachment_5678" align="alignnone" width="728"]Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.[/caption]
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

 

Sports betting in the Denmark

 

Online sports betting in the Denmark: legal, requires a licence

 

Betting is legal in Denmark, sports betting operators must have a gambling licence to provide their services legally. The exceptions from this are horse, dog and pigeon race betting, which may be operated exclusively by Danske Spil.

Licences issued to brick and mortar sports betting operators are also valid for online sports betting. Since 2012 almost 20 sports betting operators have been licensed in Denmark, but due to high taxes many of them has left the country and some of them don’t have online sportsbooks. Online horse racing betting is available only through Danske Spil.

The online sportsbooks below accept registrations from Denmark.

Online sports betting websites which accept registrations from Denmark - click to see

The following online bookmakers, sportsbooks accept bettors from Denmark:

 

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[caption id="attachment_5678" align="alignnone" width="728"]Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.[/caption]
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

Lottery in the Denmark

 

Online lottery in the Denmark: legal, requires a licence, Danske Spil state monopoly

 

Lottery is legal in Denmark, and all lottery games may be operated exclusively by Danske Spil. The exception from this is class lottery, which belongs to Det Danske Klasselotteri A/S. Danske Spil offers several lottery games including numeric ones, scratchcards, keno and bingo.

All games offered by the state-run lottery are available online as well. As lottery is a monopoly in Denmark, there are no other licensed online lottery websites in the country. Unauthorised lottery companies operating in Denmark may be blocked and fined.

The following websites let people from Denmark purchase lottery tickets online:

Danske Spil only

 

Bitcoin gambling in the Denmark

 

Bitcoin gambling in the Denmark: legal, license required

 

Bitcoin is legal and quite popular in Denmark. Personal profits from Bitcoin trading are also tax-free, though trading businesses are taxed. There are also initiatives promoting an entirely cash-free economy in Denmark, and the virtual currency might play an important part in that.*

Bitcoin casinos are considered gambling under the 2012 Gambling Act, and require a licence to operate legally. There have been no licences issued to online Bitcoin casinos in Denmark to date and none of the existing land-based casinos accept bitcoin or other virtual currency. Players can gamble in international Bitcoin casinos, though some sites may be blocked by ISPs.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Denmark.

*Source: Bitcoin to Play a Key Role in Denmark’s Cash-Free Economy? (Inside Bitcoins)

Online casinos which accept bitcoin and also accept players from Denmark - click to see

The following bitcoin casinos accept players from Denmark:

 

Black Lotus Casino

[caption id="attachment_17025" align="alignnone" width="728"]This is Black Lotus Casino's 2020 animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play. Black Lotus Casino bonus offers[/caption] USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 300% match bonus, up to $3,250. Use the code: VENTURE300
  • $100 bonus. Use code: VENTURE100

Bonuses for existing players:
  • Deposit and get 37 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 37MILLION
  • Deposit $45 and get 299% up to $1,000. Code: 299MILLION & then get 47 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 47MILLION
  • One free spin on the "Millionaire's Bonus Wheel" , instant prizes, limited time only
  • Summer Samba Mini Game for returning players, huge instant wins credited to your player account if you are lucky, all throughout the summer
  • Every day between 6am and 10am EDT you'll get 50 Free Spins to play during our Happy Hour.
 

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

[caption id="attachment_5678" align="alignnone" width="728"]Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.[/caption]
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country, especially if you are from Denmark or nearby.

 

This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2020-07-06

Gamble responsibly,
SimonTheSorcerer

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Simon's Guide to Gambling and Online Gambling in Denmark
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Simon's Guide to Gambling and Online Gambling in Denmark
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This online gambling guide focuses on gambling in Denmark; legal status of gambling, online gambling, sports betting, keno, lottery, poker, slots, bitcoin gambling.
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