The Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, announced that the Danish self-exclusion registry, also known as ROFUS, has reached a significant milestone. 50,000 individuals have chosen to exclude themselves from gambling activities.
The Danish Gambling Authority established ROFUS in 2012. The increasing number of Danes choosing self-exclusion reflects a growing awareness of gambling addiction and available support resources, as stated by the regulator. This allows individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from online gambling, land-based casinos, and betting venues. It only takes a few clicks on a computer or smartphone.
At its inception in 2012, ROFUS registered fewer than 1,500 Danes. However, the registry has experienced exponential growth over the years. Last April 1, it reaches the 50,000 mark. This underscores its importance in combating problem gambling.
In previous years, the surge in registrations may be ascribed to heightened awareness efforts by the Danish Gambling Authority. Moreover, regulations implemented since January 2020 require online gambling operators and land-based casinos in Denmark to reference ROFUS in their marketing efforts.
About 64% have chosen permanent exclusion representing over 32,000 persons out of the 50,000 individuals who registered with ROFUS after a year. This process involves a confirmation period of up to 30 days. This is to ensure informed decision-making and enhance consumer protection.