35,000 Swedish punters have self-excluded from betting within the country, with the numbers being announced five months after online betting was liberalized.
Betting is a popular pastime in Sweden, with large swaths of the population taking part in slots, table games, and sportsbetting. In an effort to keep gambling addiction from popping up as a significant challenge, the country's gaming regulator Spelinspektionen implemented a self-exclusion registry. All online betting operators must utilize the registry (Spelpaus.se) to cross-check the list and restrict access to betting for any punters on there.
Thus far, it appears that the registry is doing its job, as more than 35,000 people have registered to self-exclude, either temporarily or permanently. The registry seems to be largely effective, but there have been isolated incidents of operators not restricting access to players. Earlier this year Genesis Global was given a $430,000 fine for not complying, and Karamba was fined $321,000.