Special Report: Denmark's Emerging Online Casino MarketPublished July 23, 2014 by Amir G
Since regulation in 2012, Denmark's online casino market is on a constant rise with a big influence on the country's gross gambling revenue.
Denmark can serve as a great test-case for countries and states which are on the fence about online gambling regulation. Until January 2012 Denmark's gambling market was strongly monopolized, with only one state-owned company (Danske Spil) affording a betting license, while at the same time the government prohibited Danes from receiving any offshore gambling services from foreign companies. However, pressure on the Danish government worked to change that, also fueled by the fact that de-facto there were many sports betting sites already operating inside the country.
High Revenues since Regulation
The numbers speak for themselves: In the end of 2012, the gross gambling revenue (GGR) of online casinos was DKK 870 million, while at the end of 2013 it was DKK 990 million. By the end of Q1 2013, the GGR stood on DKK 240 while currently at the end of Q1 2014 it stands on DKK 255. The Danish Gambling Authority expects to see the total GGR from online casinos at DKK 1050 by the end of 2014.
Danish Online Casinos and Players
What's the driving force for this great boom in online casino revenues? Simply, it's the high quality and standards which are a part of the online casinos operating inside Denmark, and also the great popularity among Danes who play in online casinos catering to Danish players. Let's take a look at some of these casinos.
Tivoli Casino is a prime spot for Danish players looking for online casino entertainment for many years. Due to demand and its high country-wide success, Tivoli Casino has recently launched an international website available in English, heralding, in a sense, the opening of a new period in Danish online casinos which open their doors for foreign players. Tivoli Casino excels in all categories, but one of its strongest points is its diverse gaming collection of over 140 games with titles from software powerhouses like Play'N'Go, Microgaming and NetEnt.
Vera and John Casino
A longtime market leader, Vera and John Casino operates a site which is wholly dedicated to Danish players with a .dk domain suffix. Besides its offering of generous welcome bonuses, promotions and raffles, Vera and John Casino is loved by many players due to its impressive gaming arsenal. Titles from some of the industry's leading game providers can be found here with names like NetEnt, Play'N'Go, Betsoft, Yggdrasil and NextGen Gaming.
Needing almost no introduction, bet365 is one of the world's leading online gaming operators. The changes in Denmark's gambling laws allowed the casino to specifically cater to Danish players. bet365 operates a site available in Danish which offers players with the high quality bet365 has come to be recognized with, including a huge array of Playtech games and top-notch sports betting, bingo, poker and financial betting options.
One of Europe's leading online casinos, EUCasino has a special site dedicated for Danish players with full availability in Dansk and cashier support for transactions in DKK. EUCasino's understanding of the needs of Danish players is a drawing force for players from the country, including its vast gaming collection and rewarding promotions which include a generous welcome bonus, races and tournaments, loyalty programs and more.