Land-based betting venues in Denmark will be required to start requiring customers to register themselves in order to play after the country's taxation ministry issued the order.
The requirement will come into effect on October 1st of this year, and will launch with the goal of the venues increasing their processes for anti-money laundering and know-your-customer compliance. Ancillary protections like match-fixing and consumer protection are also being touted. Denmark has been working hard to clamp down on money laundering in gambling since the liberalisation of the market in 2012, having implemented different measures to crack down on the crime. Still, the activity remains a thorn in the side of the government, hence the additional measures.
The order reads in part: "The partial liberalisation and modernisation of the gambling market, with effect from 1 January 2012, as well as experience with the gambling market after liberalisation in 2012, continuously demonstrate the need for new approaches to gambling addiction, for increased consumer protection and for the fight against crime.
"When anonymity is removed and the purchase of bets is registered to a player, the gambling provider is better placed to monitor and thus forestall and prevent money laundering and match-fixing."