888 pulls back from Denmark

888 was not among the operators receiving licence extensions in Denmark this week, with a company spokesman admitting to Casino Choice that it was “monitoring Denmark at the moment, it is not material.”

The Danish Gambling Authority had published an updated list of operators whose full licences to offer betting, poker and casino games had been extended to five years, following their receipt of one-year licences in January last year.

A majority of Europe’s leading operators – including Betfair, Betsson, bwin.party, bet365, Sportingbet, Ladbrokes, PokerStars and Unibet – were among the 31 granted four-year extensions, with 888 notable by its absence.

The London-listed online operator invested heavily last year in entering the regulated Spanish market and also in building its casino business in Italy, larger markets seen by the company as strong material contributors to the business.

The company was still offering casino and poker from its dot.dk domain to Danish registered players at the time of writing.

888 however said it would not be making an official comment on its intentions with regard to Denmark.

Danish regulations do allow licensed poker operators to tap into international liquidity, after Danish authorities acknowledged that few operators would have applied for a licence had the country’s small player pool been ring-fenced, as it is in Italy and France.

The DGA, which ordered the ISP blocking of 20 non Danish-licensed gambling domains last year, added that it would continue to protect the legal market by monitoring “illegal” sites. The DGA’s legal head Tina R Olsen however admitted that: “The scope of illegal websites in Denmark is estimated to be rather limited.”

Article written by Stephen Carter

Casino Choice journalist

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