Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has posted its financial report for 2017, revealing impressive figures when it comes to the online gambling sector.
The latest data show the online sector now accounts for 51.5% of the country’s gambling market, increasing the share from 47.4% in 2016.
Online is the New Leader
Mobile revenue also recorded an increase in 2017 – from 46.7% in the first quarter of the year to 54.5% in the last three-month period of 2017.
According to the published annual report, desktop seems to be a less popular way to gamble online.
During 2017, online gambling generated €1.24 billion in total, with €310 million coming from sports betting, and €240 million from online casinos.
Additional statistics related to online show that Danish gamers like to play slots, which accounted for 61.5% of all spending. Slots were followed by roulette with 11.3%, blackjack with 10.4%, other games with 9.5%, and poker games with a share of 7.3%.
No More Bonuses
Another important news coming from Denmark is that local politicians are planning to cut the volumes of online gambling sign-up bonuses. Namely, these bonuses are made available to the general public through TV adverts, and both the Social Democrats and the Danish People's Party share the opinion this is causing users to gamble too much.
Jesper Petersen, an MP for the Social Democrats said that some operators were giving out bonuses worth up to €1,340, while the limit, at least according to him, should be set at €134. He noted that online gambling operators should also be clearer at informing players of wagering requirements.
On the other hand, the more radical Socialist People's Party believes that bonuses should be removed entirely.
Peterson stated he believed that such an approach could cause a rise in unlicensed operators which would attempt to attract Danish gamers with sign-up offers.
The country’s gambling watchdog also announced it had blocked a total of 24 unauthorized online gambling operators from offering their services to Danish players in 2017.
According to Spillemyndigheden, there were 15 sports betting sites and 27 online casino sites operating legally in Denmark at the end of the previous year.