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Denmark – With land-based closed online betting sets new records in Denmark

By - 11 February 2021

The Danish Gambling Authority’s most recent quarterly statistics show that the gross gaming revenue (GGR) of betting, online casino, gaming machines and land-based casinos increased by 6.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.

Land-based gambling was obviously affected by the corona lockdown. In December 2020, restaurants, gambling arcades and land-based casinos were closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This contributed to a fall in the GGR of 20.3 and 23.1 percent for gaming machines and land-based casinos respectively in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The betting and online casino markets saw a growth in Q4 2020. Betting set a record when the quarter with its DKK 724m in GGR became the quarter with the highest GGR ever seen in Denmark. This was an increase of 16.5 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.

Spillemyndigheden stated: “The cause of the rise in GGR may be a packed autumn football programme. There have been more matches to place bets on than usually in that time of year because the football season began later in 2020 compared to previous years due to the corona situation. However, the increase in Q4 must also be viewed in the light of a great loss on the betting market earlier the same year, where many sports events were cancelled or moved because of the corona crisis. In fact, the GGR falls by 8.5 percent overall in 2020 compared to 2019.

“In the fourth quarter of 2020, the online casino market also grew as the GGR increased by 16.3 per cent compared to the same period in 2019. Whether the rise is caused by the corona lockdown of Denmark is uncertain. Overall, in 2020, the GGR increased by five per cent compared to 2019, which must be considered in the light of a continual, annual growth in the online casino market since the liberalisation of the gambling market in 2012. However, the increase in 2020 is the lowest annual growth in per cent recorded.”

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