A recent study in Denmark has revealed that individuals who knowingly gamble on unlicensed sites are drawn by higher repayments and bonuses, as well as the variety of games available. On the other hand, those who choose licensed sites cited factors such as control and supervision, credibility, and the availability of the Danish language as reasons for their choice.

The study, conducted by Denmark’s regulator Spillemyndigheden in collaboration with Statistics Denmark, surveyed Danish citizens aged 15 and older, resulting in a total of 30,070 participants. The findings showed that 21.7% of Danish players had gambled online for money in the past year, which corresponds to an estimated 1,082,000 people. Of those who had played online within the last 12 months, 2.1% admitted to knowingly playing on unlicensed sites. When accounting for all forms of unauthorized gambling, the number rises to 3.8%, or 41,000 people, with more than half of these players being fully aware of the sites’ lack of authorization.

Furthermore, the study revealed that 8.6% of players were unsure whether the sites they had played on were licensed. In response to illegal gambling offerings, the Copenhagen City Court had previously blocked 49 sites after a complaint from the regulator.

Interestingly, in the survey, 61.7% of players who had experienced both legal and illegal gambling options indicated that they mostly preferred using legal offerings, with only 19.1% favoring illegal sites and 19.2% playing on both equally. Among those who had used unlicensed sites, 43.4% had played online casino games and 34.2% had engaged in skin betting, which is prohibited in Denmark.

While 25.7% of players admitted to using these sites for higher bonuses, a larger percentage (36.9%) stated that they were attracted to unlicensed sites because of the availability of games not offered by licensed entities.

The study highlighted that operators without the necessary permissions cannot market themselves to Danish players, and fines were issued to individuals and streamers who advertised illegal gambling without the required permissions. The findings also revealed that many participants discovered illegal gambling sites through internet searches and videos and streams on platforms like YouTube, TikTok, and Twitch.

In line with these findings, it is evident that individuals in Denmark are drawn to unauthorized gambling sites due to various reasons, despite the potential legal and financial consequences.

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