Danish gambling GGR falls to its lowest level since 2016

Statistics released by the country’s regulator show the public’s losses across all products fell 1.7% year on year in 2023, although online casino achieved record year
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Danish GGR dropped 1.7% in 2023 to DKK10.3bn (£1.18bn) – the lowest amount since 2016 – according to data released by the Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden.

This compared with DKK10.4bn in 2022 and marks the second year in a row that the sum lost by gamblers has fallen in the Scandinavian country.

In fact, since 2019, GGR has decreased every year, except in 2021, when it went up.

Peak GGR occurred in both 2018 and 2019 when in both years Danes lost DKK11.2bn on the hobby.

The regulator highlighted that the Danish public lost the most money on lotteries, a sector which hit a total of DKK3.45bn, accounting for 34% of the overall GGR pie.  

This was followed by online casino where a total of DKK3.1bn was lost, accounting for 30% of the industry’s total GGR. The DGA also revealed that online casino experienced the largest growth since the market was regulated in 2012 as the vertical’s GGR grew 10.2% year on year from the DKK2.9bn recorded in 2022.

Since 2012, online casino has mushroomed 192% in fixed price terms, the regulator noted.

Slots accounted for the lion’s share of GGR (76.3%) in 2023, followed by roulette (6.8%) and blackjack (6.6%).

Meanwhile, sports betting was the third most-bet vertical at DKK2.2bn, accounting for 21% of the market, although the total was down 5.9% on 2022’s DKK2.53bn.

Digital (desktop and mobile) was responsible for more than 85% of the overall betting stakes.  

Turning to self-exclusion data, there were 47,670 registered users with the Register of Self-excluded Players (ROFUS) self-exclusion tool ROFUS as of January 2024.

A total of 31,167 (65.7%) were permanent registrations, while 16,503 were temporary. Of the total, 77.2% were men and 22.8% were women, the DGA said.

With ROFUS, players can voluntarily exclude themselves from online games, land-based casinos and betting shops for a period of 24 hours, or between one and six months, or permanently.  

Last month, the DGA confirmed that it had uncovered multiple errors concerning ROFUS.

The errors, which have since been corrected, meant that, through an unintentional loophole, players who renewed their ROFUS registrations were not excluded from playing any new games covered by ROFUS since their original registration, resulting in some players mistakenly having the opportunity to gamble. Around 1,200 people were affected by this error.

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