This week Denmark's gaming regulator Spillemyndigheden has been granted permission by a court in Frederiskberg to block 82 gaming websites that are operating in the country illegally.
This is the largest blocking action that'll be undertaken in an enforcement capacity in Danish history. To date, 227 gaming sites have been blocked, not counting the 82 that are about to be.
Danish law requires Spillemyndigheden to go to court to get approval for the sites it plans to block before implementing the action. Last year, Spillemyndigheden blocked 55 sites after heading to court. The law dictates that sites are operating illegally if they target Danish customers by providing Danish language support, or by using financial means that only work in the country.
Regarding the block, Spillemyndigheden director Anders Dorph said, "Spillmyndigheden was established to ensure the framework for a fair gambling market, he said. "One of our most important tasks in that context is to protect players against illegal gambling and to ensure that they are not exposed to gambling providers that do not have a licence in Denmark."
"At the same time, it is very important that we ensure that the operators who are licensed to offer gambling in Denmark can run their business under orderly conditions and therefore our work to block illegal websites is very important."