DENMARK EXPANDS IGAMING BLACKLIST AND BLOCKS 55 NEW DOMAINS
Denmark’s Gambling Authority (Spilllemyndigheden) has added 55 new online gambling domains to the country’s growing blacklist of unlicensed operators.
The ruling will require internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to the 55 domains, the highest number to be simultaneously blacklisted since the Authority began blocking sites in 2012.
It marks the seventh time that the Authority has gone to court to block illegal websites that offer online betting, casino and lottery games to Danish players without a licence. The latest ruling brings the number of blocked sites to 145 in total.
“One of our most important tasks is to protect players from illegal gambling,” said Spilllemyndigheden director Anders Dorph. “At the same time, we must ensure that the providers who are licensed to offer games in Denmark can run their business under orderly conditions.
“The record high number clearly shows that there is a need for the targeted effort, and we will therefore maintain the increased focus in the future.”
The latest additions to the regulator’s iGaming blacklist include online casino brands such as starcasino.be, easybet.com, royalspinz.com and spinia.com.
The list also features online sports betting brands dafabet.com and justbet.co, as well as 23 skin betting sites including csgetto.win and ggdrop.one.
The latest case was brought to court by ISPs who argued that websites could only be blocked if the regulator could prove that Danish players had actually played on the sites in question.
However, the court backed the Authority’s current practice, which sees the regulator assess whether a website offers games to Danish players without permission, and requests the website to stop offering the illegal games. If this does not happen, the case goes to the City Court.
The ISPs have appealed the ruling before the District Court.
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