ID card may be answer to tackling gambling crime

Criminals laundering money through sports betting

As criminals increasingly launder money though sports betting via the state betting operator Danske Spil, the authorities are looking into the possibility of establishing an ID card for gamblers.

The public prosecutor for serious financial and international crime (SØIK) contends that an ID card will help identify gamblers and help investigators map the systematic abuse of Danske Spil to launder money.

Concerns about effect
Danske Spil approves of the idea – but only to an extent. “We are not adverse to establishing a gambling card that registers gambling and money – as is the case in Norway and Sweden,” Thomas Rørsig, the head of communications at Danske Spil, told DR Nyheder.

“But we want a stake limit because the typical odds gambler only bets 20, 30 or 100 kroner on a game, and we think it will be an unnecessary nuisance for that type of player to have to register their name and have another plastic card in their wallets.”

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Eyes on Norway and Sweden
Gamblers have to log in via NemID to gamble online, but everyone can anonymously bet up to 10,000 kroner a day at the many gambling kiosks across the nation.

And in the wake of a series of match-fixing scandals last year, the Tax Ministry is also open to the idea of a ID card.

“The Tax Ministry will soon start analysing the possibility of establishing obligatory gambling ID cards,” the ministry told Politiken newspaper. ”The ministry will look into how the gambling card has been set up in Norway and Sweden and the experiences these countries have had.”