History of gambling in Denmark

Nowadays, it is common to see advertisements for online casinos on television and social media. Betting on sports is a natural part of the fun of watching football on a Sunday night. There is nothing unnatural about playing poker online or with friends after a party. It's both a fun activity and a possible way to earn extra money.

Gambling is a common leisure activity in modern Denmark, but gambling has not always been as acceptable and accessible. Here is a brief overview of the history of gambling in Denmark.

Denmark's first casinos

Gambling goes back to prehistoric times, but the first legislation on gambling was passed in Denmark in 1753 when gambling was banned. l In 1895 taxation of gambling was introduced in connection with horse racing and sporting events, and in 1930 gambling legislation was replaced by sections 203 and 204 of the Penal Code, which prohibited offering and participating in unauthorized gambling.

Despite the strict rules, gambling nevertheless became more popular in Denmark in the 1800s. Denmark's official first casino opened in 1902 at the Marienlyst Hotel in Helsingør, and can still be visited today. The casino was approved by Frederik VIII when he was still Crown Prince.

Subsequently, a limited number of casinos were allowed to open in Denmark. However, gambling was still not a common leisure activity. There were rules about who could visit casinos, and this took place behind closed doors. Associations with gambling were mostly negative, and words such as 'game bird' were often used. Gambling was only acceptable to the elite.

However, this has changed with the development of technology.

Online casinos

There are few industries that have benefited as much from the digital world as the gambling industry. You no longer need to get permission to enter a physical casino. You no longer need to go down to the racetrack to bet on sports. Once the world of gambling has moved online, you can gamble at home from the comfort of your couch. There are plenty of games to choose from: slots, roulette, poker and, of course, sports betting.

The last decade has seen a boom in new online casinos to choose from. Online casinos are fighting for customers, so most of them offer attractive bonuses to attract new customers and retain old ones. 

It's also easy to get started. Online casinos are constantly trying to attract new customers and offer detailed guides for getting started. There are no longer rules about who can and cannot visit a casino. In this article, you can learn more about how online casinos have become the biggest gaming trend.

Liberalization of gambling laws in 2012

An interesting aspect of Danish gambling history is that it was only a decade ago that private online casinos were allowed to offer casino games to Danes.

Until 2012, the state-owned Danske Spil had a monopoly on gaming, and there was a ban on both Danish and foreign companies offering casino games and sports betting. Gambling-loving Danes put pressure on the government, and ten years ago gambling legislation was liberalized and Danes could now choose where they wanted to gamble.

A completely new approach to gambling

Not many decades ago, words like 'gambling' and 'sports betting' had a tarnished reputation in Denmark, but while the range of games and online casinos has grown, attitudes towards gambling and betting have also changed significantly.

There is no longer anything unnatural about betting on today's football match or checking the odds of who will be the top scorer. You can easily play the slot machine while waiting for the bus. Many people relax by playing poker with other players from all over the world. You no longer have to fear censure from society - a society in Denmark has recognized gambling as a legitimate leisure activity.

Although gambling is now acceptable, it is important to know your own limits and be aware of the signs that you are losing control of your involvement in gambling. If you fear that you have become addicted to gambling, it is important to seek help. Remember that the most important thing about gambling is to have fun and not gamble with money you cannot afford to lose.

In just 120 years Denmark has gone from one physical casino to an almost infinite number of online casinos. It will be interesting to see how the Danish gambling world evolves over the next 120 years.