Betting operator Danske Spil has unveiled new player ID cards, moving all land-based betting towards an account-based digital system.

The ID card named “Sikkert Spil” has originally been made available to stores that sell Oddset as well as Tips services. It will be made mandatory throughout its partner kiosks, petrol stations and supermarkets across the country.

The director of Danske Licens Spil, Niels Erik Folmann, said:

“Over the years, we have developed more and more protection to ensure that children and young people under the age of 18 do not have access to our sports games.

“But we must unfortunately admit that we have not fully succeeded in the task. It is still too easy for minors to play in the shops, and therefore we are now introducing Safe Games.

“We hope that our many customers, who are used to playing in the shops, will welcome the new Game ID, which they will now start trying out. It will probably require a little getting used to at first, but we have made an effort to make a solution that is easy and quick to use. And by using the Game ID, we can together protect minors from gambling.”

The launching of the cards was originally announced in 2019. At the time, the operator estimated that 3,000 gamers will be required to show the ID card to ensure that its content “are not sold to young people under 18 or abused by criminals for money laundering.”

In the most recent update, Folmann said:

“With Safe Play cards, we register who plays in the shops, and we can follow the cash flows. It offers some completely new opportunities to combat both money laundering and match-fixing, when we can follow the money all the way from kiosk to match.”

He added:

“As long as there are game providers that make it possible to play anonymously, criminals will be able to fly under the radar. And at the same time, minors will still be able to play in shops. Therefore, we hope that it will become mandatory for all gaming providers that sell sports betting to introduce a gaming ID.”

Source: https://europeangaming.eu/portal/compliance-updates/2020/10/05/78920/danske-spil-launches-player-id-cards/

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