Land-based casinos

A land-based casino is a physical casino with a licence to provide roulette, poker, baccarat, punto banco, black jack, and gambling on gaming machines.

Today, there are seven casinos with licence to operate land-based casinos in Denmark. On this page, you can find a list of the casinos with a licence. 

How to obtain a licence

Form 8-01

Application as manager or staff

At the moment, it is not possible to apply for a licence to operate a casino in Denmark. 

When one of the current licences becomes available, it will be put out to tender publically. Moreover, the government can decide to permit further licences to the establishment of casinos.

Public procurement of an available licence will be published in the press, after which it is possible to apply for a licence to the Danish Gambling Authority. 

The Danish Gambling Authority must authorise managers and employees of a casino.  For the authorisation as manager/employee you need form no. 8-01. 

Guidelines for holding tournaments in adjacent premises

Tournaments in adjacent premises 

The Danish Gambling Authority has set guidelines and terms and conditions for licence to hold tournaments in adjacent premises at land-based casinos. 

General technical requirements

These documents provide you with the requirements for the technical configuration.

Casino gaming machines
  • Begrebsmodel Standard Records Kasino (DK & UK)
  • Krav til tilladelsesindehaver - Kasinoer (DK & UK)
  • Standard record examples - casino
  • Standard record XSD schema - casino 
  • Standard Record Validator Tool
  • Tilslutningsforløb - vejledning til kasinoer (DK & UK)
  • Vejledning til tekniske krav - Kasinoer (DK & UK)
XSD - land-based casino
  • XSD schemes for standard records, used for reporting of game data
  • Tool for validating XML files

Certification programme

Certificate program documents

The Danish Gambling Authority’s certification programme is set out to ensure that the gambling system and gambling equipment executes games in a correct way and that the security surrounding the gambling system is maintained. The Danish Gambling Authority’s certification programme supplements the gambling regulation, individual licence terms and the administrative practice set out by the Danish Gambling Authority.

The licence holder must be certified at all times in accordance with those parts of the certification programme which apply to their specific offer of gambling products.

For each type of game there is a set of testing standards and a set of inspection standards, which apply for the game type in question. Furthermore, five documents apply across all types, except for land-based casino where it is only the general requirements and test- and inspection standards which apply. Each document sets out minimum requirements for the arrangement of the gambling system, business processes, and business systems of the licence holder.

AllOnline casinosBettingLand-based bettingLand-based casinosLottery - monopolies
All files
All documents for online casino
For all categories
General requirements
SCP.00.00.EN

The general framework for certification of licence holders and the general conditions

Only for Online casinos
Testing standards for online casino
SCP.01.03.EN.1.1
Only for Online casinos
Inspection standards for online casino
SCP.02.03.EN.1.1
For all categories
Information Security Management System
SCP.03.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are protected against threats and secure sensitive information stored in the systems.

For all categories
Guidelines for Penetration Testing
SCP.04.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are tested for vulnerabilities.

For all categories
Guidelines for vulnerability scanning
SCP.05.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are scanned for vulnerabilities

For all categories
Change Management Programme
SCP.06.00.EN

Ensuring that all changes to the gambling system are conducted to this set of standards, hereby seeking an adequate quality for the implementation of changes.

All files
All documents for online betting
For all categories
General requirements
SCP.00.00.EN

The general framework for certification of licence holders and the general conditions

Only for Betting
Testing standards for online betting
SCP.01.01.EN.1.2
Only for Betting
Inspection standards for online betting
SCP.02.01.EN.1.2
For all categories
Information Security Management System
SCP.03.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are protected against threats and secure sensitive information stored in the systems.

For all categories
Guidelines for Penetration Testing
SCP.04.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are tested for vulnerabilities.

For all categories
Guidelines for vulnerability scanning
SCP.05.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are scanned for vulnerabilities

For all categories
Change Management Programme
SCP.06.00.EN

Ensuring that all changes to the gambling system are conducted to this set of standards, hereby seeking an adequate quality for the implementation of changes.

All files
All documents for land-based betting
For all categories
General requirements
SCP.00.00.EN

The general framework for certification of licence holders and the general conditions

Only for Land-based betting
Testing standards for land-based betting
SCP.01.02.EN.1.2
Only for Land-based betting
Inspection standards for land-based betting
SCP.02.02.EN.1.2
For all categories
Information Security Management System
SCP.03.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are protected against threats and secure sensitive information stored in the systems.

For all categories
Guidelines for Penetration Testing
SCP.04.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are tested for vulnerabilities.

For all categories
Guidelines for vulnerability scanning
SCP.05.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are scanned for vulnerabilities

For all categories
Change Management Programme
SCP.06.00.EN

Ensuring that all changes to the gambling system are conducted to this set of standards, hereby seeking an adequate quality for the implementation of changes.

For landbaseret kasino er det udelukkende de generelle krav samt test- og inspektionsstandarder der er gældende. Spillemyndigheden foreslår dog at dokumentet "Program for styring af systemændringer", kan anvendes og lægges til grund for fornyelse af certificeringer, men det er ikke et krav.
All files
All documents for land-based casino
For all categories
General requirements
SCP.00.00.EN

The general framework for certification of licence holders and the general conditions

Only for Land-based casinos
Testing standards for land-based casino
SCP.01.05.EN.1.0
Only for Land-based casinos
Inspection standards for land-based casino
SCP.02.05.EN.1.0
For all categories
Information Security Management System
SCP.03.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are protected against threats and secure sensitive information stored in the systems.

For all categories
Guidelines for Penetration Testing
SCP.04.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are tested for vulnerabilities.

For all categories
Guidelines for vulnerability scanning
SCP.05.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are scanned for vulnerabilities

For all categories
Change Management Programme
SCP.06.00.EN

Ensuring that all changes to the gambling system are conducted to this set of standards, hereby seeking an adequate quality for the implementation of changes.

All files
All documents for lotteries
For all categories
General requirements
SCP.00.00.EN

The general framework for certification of licence holders and the general conditions

Only for Lottery - monopolies
Testing standards for lotteries
SCP.01.06.EN.1.1
Only for Lottery - monopolies
Inspection standards for lotteries
SCP.02.06.EN.1.1
For all categories
Information Security Management System
SCP.03.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are protected against threats and secure sensitive information stored in the systems.

For all categories
Guidelines for Penetration Testing
SCP.04.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are tested for vulnerabilities.

For all categories
Guidelines for vulnerability scanning
SCP.05.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are scanned for vulnerabilities

For all categories
Change Management Programme
SCP.06.00.EN

Ensuring that all changes to the gambling system are conducted to this set of standards, hereby seeking an adequate quality for the implementation of changes.

All files
All documents for land-based betting
All files
All documents for land-based casino
All files
All documents for lotteries
All files
All documents for online casino
All files
All documents for online betting
For all categories
General requirements
SCP.00.00.EN

The general framework for certification of licence holders and the general conditions

Only for Lottery - monopolies
Testing standards for lotteries
SCP.01.06.EN.1.1
Only for Land-based casinos
Testing standards for land-based casino
SCP.01.05.EN.1.0
Only for Betting
Testing standards for online betting
SCP.01.01.EN.1.2
Only for Online casinos
Testing standards for online casino
SCP.01.03.EN.1.1
Only for Land-based betting
Testing standards for land-based betting
SCP.01.02.EN.1.2
Only for Land-based betting
Inspection standards for land-based betting
SCP.02.02.EN.1.2
Only for Lottery - monopolies
Inspection standards for lotteries
SCP.02.06.EN.1.1
Only for Land-based casinos
Inspection standards for land-based casino
SCP.02.05.EN.1.0
Only for Betting
Inspection standards for online betting
SCP.02.01.EN.1.2
Only for Online casinos
Inspection standards for online casino
SCP.02.03.EN.1.1
For all categories
Information Security Management System
SCP.03.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are protected against threats and secure sensitive information stored in the systems.

For all categories
Guidelines for Penetration Testing
SCP.04.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are tested for vulnerabilities.

For all categories
Guidelines for vulnerability scanning
SCP.05.00.EN

Ensuring that the licence holder's gambling system and business system are scanned for vulnerabilities

For all categories
Change Management Programme
SCP.06.00.EN

Ensuring that all changes to the gambling system are conducted to this set of standards, hereby seeking an adequate quality for the implementation of changes.

When you have obtained a licence 

A licence is valid for 10 years. 

Gaming machines in land-based casinos must like other gaming machines be approved by an accredited test house and be connected to the control system at the Danish Gambling Authority. The approval is valid for five years. You will find a list of accredited test houses further below. 

The Danish Gambling Authority supervises that the casinos are operated in a responsible manner. One of the ways in which we may conduct the supervision, is to have a supervisor from the Danish Gambling Authority be present during some of the opening hours of the casino. 

Fee on land-based casino 

Licence holders must pay an annual fee, which is calculated on the basis of the gross gaming revenue in the calendar year. New licence holders must pay the fee no later than one month after the licence has become effective.  

At the turn of the year, existing licence holders will receive an invoice from the Danish Gambling Authority with the charge of a prepaid fee for the calendar year and possible adjustment of the prepaid fee for the previous year. The gross gaming revenue for the previous year and the coming year is calculated by the Danish Gambling Authority and placed within the intervals below. Subsequently, we will calculate the fee you must pay. The invoice must be paid no later than a month after the date of collection. 

Gebyrsatser

The annual fees are adjusted according to section 20 in the Act on Income Tax. 

Form 2-02

Personal declaration Annex A

Form 2-07

Modifications of the licence to provide betting and/or online casino

Form 8-01

Application as manager or staff

Guidelines

The Danish Gambling Authority's legal guideline

The legislation on all gambling categories

Laws and Executive Orders

See historical versions of the legislation

Notice: There may have been made later changes to the acts/executive orders. Please confer with the Danish legal text in order to ensure that you have the latest version of the acts. You are always welcome to contact the Danish Gambling Authority in case of doubt.

The English versions of the acts and executive orders are unofficial translations. In case of any discrepancy between the original Danish text and the English translations of the acts and executive orders, the Danish text shall prevail.

Consolidation Act No. 1494
Of 06 Dec 2016

The Danish Act on Gambling

Executive Order no. 772
Of 09 Jun 2017

On land-based casinos

Law No. 651
Of 08 Jun 2017

On preventive measures against money laundering and financing of terrorism (Act on Money Laundering)

Only available in Danish

Executive Order no. 727
Of 09 Jun 2017

On partial exception of certain games from the Act on Money Laundering

Only available in Danish

List of licence holders

Helsingør:
Casino Marienlyst
Ndr. Strandvej 2
3000 Helsingør

Copenhagen:
Casino Copenhagen
Amager Boulevard 70
2300 København S

Odense:
Casino Odense
Claus Bergs Gade 7
5000 Odense

Vejle:
Casino Munkebjerg Vejle
Munkebjergvej 125
7100 Vejle

Aalborg:
Casino Aalborg
Ved Stranden 16
9000  Aalborg

Aarhus:
Royal Casino
Store Torv 4
8000 Aarhus

Oslo-færgen:
Pearl Seaways
DFDS
2100 København Ø

Casinos being established:
None

List of accredited test houses

The Danish Gambling Authority has approved the following accredited test houses:

  • Force Technology
    Park Allé 345
    2605 Brøndby
     
  • Teknologisk Institut
    Materialafprøvning
    Teknologiparken
    8000  Århus C
     
  • GLI Europe BV
    Satellietbaan 12
    2181 MH Hillegom
    Holland
     
  • Quinel M Limited
    Luxe Pavilion Level 2
    Portomosa Complex
    SJ 1430 St Julians
    Malta
     
  • Slovenian Institute af Quality and Metrology
    Trzaska Cesta 2
    SI 1000 Ljubljana
    Slovenien
     
  • BMM Testlabs
    Parc Tecnológic del Vallés
    Avda. Parc Tecnológic del Vallés 3
    08290 Cerdanyola del Vallés
    Barcelona
    Spain
Godkendelse af testvirksomheder

Spillemyndighedens standarder for testvirksomheder til godkendelse og syn af gevinstgivende
spilleautomater i spillehaller og restaurationer.

The guideline for approval of test-houses is currently only available in Danish.