An individual or company must obtain a licence from the Danish Gambling Authority to offer gambling services, if the game meets all of the following conditions
- The participants pay a stake (money or anything else of economic value),
- Participants, who have paid a stake, have a chance of winning a prize (all types of prizes of economic value),
- The game has an element of chance.
If none or only one of the conditions is met, the game may be operated without any licence from the Danish Gambling Authority.
Examples of games that do not require a licence
- Games without any stake, but with an opportunity to win a prize,
- Games requiring a stake, but where there is no opportunity to win a prize or,
- Games requiring a stake, and where there is an opportunity to win a prize, but where the game depends on pure skills. Ex chess, quizzes, bridge with duplicated cards, sports tournaments, computer games etc.
Exceptions from the licence requirement
Even though the three conditions mentioned above are met, some games do not require a licence from the Danish Gambling Authority. The requirement of a licence does not apply to the following games
- Land-based tournament backgammon,
- Bank premium bond accounts,
- Premium bonds,
- Betting on the future value of financial assets, or
- Gambling for small amounts of money in private homes.
Licence is not required in the above mentioned games, as these games are directly excluded from the Gambling Act.
Though, betting on the future value of financial assets might fall under the Gambling Act, if the activity does not fall under the financial regulation.