Danish Gambling Revenues Soar 5.17% Year-on-Year
The Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, has reported an overall gross gaming revenue (GGR) of kr3.4 billion (€460.8 million) for the first half of 2023, an increase of 5.17% compared to the same period last year.
The gambling data report published by the regulator revealed that in June, the total GGR from the country’s four main markets amounted to kr513 million (€68.8 million). Of the total figure, sports betting contributed kr154 million (€20.6 million), resulting in a year-to-date sum of kr1.16 billion, a year-on-year increase of 3.2%. It was also a decrease of 26.3% from the kr209 million (€28 million) recorded in May.
The drop in sports betting revenue was ascribed to the end of the football season, which left bettors with few options to wager on.
Live online casinos recorded a total combined GGR of kr238 million (€31.9 million), marking an 8.1% growth compared to June 2022. This brings the year-to-date total online casino GGR to kr1.49 billion (€200.6 million), a 5.9% increase compared to the same period in 2022.
Additionally, in June, gaming machine operators recorded a GGR of kr91 million (€12.2 million), reflecting a 9% decline year-on-year. However, the total gaming machine GGR for the first half of 2023 amounted to kr596 million (€79.9 million), a 6.4% increase from the equivalent period in 2022.
Lastly, the land-based casinos' industry reported a GGR of kr30 million (€4 million), similar to the amount recorded in June 2022. However, in the first half of 2023, the sector witnessed a year-on-year growth of 8.7%, with the casino GGR reaching kr175 million (€23.5 million).
Match-Fixing Monitoring Partnerships
Meanwhile, the Spillemyndigheden has entered into a collaboration with three companies to combat match-fixing in its jurisdiction. They include Sportradar Integrity Service, United Lotteries for Integrity in Sport (ULIS), and International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).
These companies monitor betting at sporting events and issue alerts to partners if they discover irregularities that could be signs of match-fixing. With the new agreement, all three companies will notify the Danish regulator of any unusual gambling patterns detected in betting on sports events in Denmark involving Danish players.
We are very happy about the three cooperation agreements. It will significantly strengthen our efforts against match-fixing that we now receive the alerts directly. Combined with the large amounts of data we ourselves have, in the long run it can make our work even more efficient. We will be able to react very quickly and help stop behavior that threatens the integrity of the sport.
In June 2023, the regulator became a member of ULIS, the United Lotteries for Integrity in Sports, to further promote integrity and fairness in its regulated gaming market.