You can’t play games if you are underage or expect to launder money without detection in Denmark. The national lottery, Danske Spil, now requires ID verification in its retail sector. This will ensure that minors are banned along with any illegal activity.
More than 3,000 vendors will expect players to show their cards before they can gamble. According to the Chief Executive of the lottery, Susanne Mørch Koch, Danske Spil is Denmark’s gaming company, and it will not tolerate uncertainty as to whether its offering is in the hands of our children and young people or abused to launder illegal money.
She notes that extensive checks are carried out on betting in kiosks. The organization works closely with the back office police to track down suspicious people who might have criminal intent.
While some things go undetected, Koch said that stamping out underage play has been a particular focus for Danske Spil for some time.
“In Danske Spil we will only take bets from adults. Compliance with age limits has long been a priority for us, and with the playing card we have an important and powerful tool in hand. Gambling is for adults and not for children.”
No matter that the card will likely harm profits, but it is worth the trade-off to protect children and illicit violations of the law.
“Some spontaneous players will go away and it will cost us a significant three-digit million on our turnover at least in the short run. We have to take that write-down simply because we do not want to accept the alternative.”
You won’t need the ID card for lottery games in Denmark since there is no opportunity for money laundering. You can acquire a physical or electronic form of the card by next year.