Danish online gambling legislation favors state monopoly
Denmark capitulated to the European Commission pressure to liberate the online poker industry. Danish legislators have created a major competitive advantage for the state monopoly Danske Spil. In theory the new online gambling legislation creates a more competitive internet poker market. July 1st 2010 marks the opening of the online poker market in Denmark. Online poker operators need to apply for a license to enter the Danish online poker market.
State monopoly Danske Spil
The new online gambling laws definitely favor Danske Spil as foreign companies have to wait until January 1, 2011. This gives state monopoly Danske Spil a six months lead. Offshore gambling firms can apply for a license as of January 1, 2011.
Online poker market
Danish officials have already reproved online operators that may prematurely claim a licensing advantage for the state monopoly. Ace magazine reveals that government officials consider ISP-blocking. This should prevent Danish players to gamble on unlicensed websites.
Online gambling legislation
Speculations on Danish gaming forums suggest that players who use unlicensed casinos minimize funds on their accounts. This should protect players against increased government restrictions after July 1st, which could impede withdrawals. It is expected that Denmark seeks to attract as many Danes as possible to Danske Spil during the six months lead.