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We wish you all the best as you embark on 2017 and hope to engage with you even more extensively in the new year.

 

Will Dutch Gambling Legislation be EU Proof?

Will Dutch gambling legislation be EU proof when the long-awaited remote gaming bill will finally be enacted? The proposed differential treatment of online and offline gaming (lotteries and land-based betting) casts doubt on that ambition.

“The open system for online licenses makes it difficult to maintain a still partially closed system for offline gambling,” Wim van der Duin observes.

 

Opening of Lottery Market Shakes up Dutch Philanthropy

Magazine De Dikke Blauwe listed the eight most remarkable trends in Dutch philanthropy of 2016. Trend #7: thanks to the opening of the Dutch charity lottery market to new entrants, more charities and good causes will have recourse to lottery funding.

“With larger lottery sales, more money will be made available to sports and charities, in particular to those organizations that, as of yet, have not benefited from lottery funding,” Peter-Paul de Goeij, Managing Director at new market entrant Lottovate Nederland, explained.

 

Class action Claimant Loterijverlies under Parliamentary Scrutiny

MP Mei Li Vos (PvdA) has been inquiring into the legality of the business practices of Ferry Roet, the controversial founder of “Stichting Loterijverlies.”

Although Roet’s original suit against Staatsloterij (now: Nederlandse Loterij), accusing the latter organization of “misleading advertising practices,” appears to have had some merit, it has become increasingly clear that, realistically speaking, Roet’s personal involvement in the proceedings is all but finished.

 

Postcode Loterij Taken to Court

If players have insufficient funds in their bank accounts to pay for their lottery subscription, Postcode Loterij will still debit their accounts at a later date – except when players would have actually won a prize. In that case, “winning” subscribers – as opposed to subscribers living in areas with a losing zip code – are deemed to have not participated in the draw at all.

One such unfortunate punter has now decided to take the Dutch lottery operator to court.

 

Dutch Poker Open Kicks off Today

The Dutch Open Main Event kicks off this afternoon at Holland Casino Breda. Who will succeed Stephan van Haasteren as Dutch poker champion?

Earlier this week, Dutchman Jasper Meijer van Putten has won the last event of the PokerStars European Poker Tour in Prague.

 

Holland Casino Invents “Tram Roulette”

According to Holland Casino, there is “a player in everyone.” To illustrate that point, the casino chain has been organizing roulette with trams at the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam.

In related news, the Utrecht branch of Holland Casino has finally set its sights on a new location.

 

Norway to Stick with Monopoly Model

Following a government-led investigation, Norway has decided against introducing a licensing model for private operators over concerns it would lead to aggressive marketing and increased gambling addictions.

Instead, the country’s Ministry of Culture will continue to provide its full backing to the monopoly held by Norsk Tipping.

“Our conclusion is that an exclusive rights model is still more responsible than a license model, despite the fact that there is some leakage of players to unregulated foreign players,” culture minister, Linda Helleland, said.

 

Toto Scraps Payout Commission

Toto, the sports betting brand of Nederlandse Loterij, has decided to scrap its payout commission to retailers. Instead, the operator will increase its sale commission with 1.4% to a total of 7.5%.

Despite the increase in sale commission, total earnings for retailers will decrease, a spokesperson of Nederlandse Loterij admitted.

The measure is meant to create more room for product development and increased player payouts, which Nederlandse Loterij considers necessary to preserve its market position in sports betting ahead of the expected opening of the Dutch online market.

 

Other News

Former CEO David Baazov has abandoned his bid to take Amaya private, citing a disagreement over valuation.

 

Playtech has signed a major new contract with Finnish operator Veikkaus.

 

The horse racing industry faces “an unprecedented demographic challenge,” according to Sky Betting & Gaming CEO Richard Flint.

 

Vice President of the European Parliament, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, will be keynote speaker at the joint Summit of Euromat and Deutschen Automatenwirtschaft on June 1, 2017.

 

Swico, the Swiss chapter of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) federation, warns against the introduction of IP blocking on unlicensed online gambling websites, as such an approach could jeopardize online security and the digital economy.

 

The Italian sports betting market grew an impressive 28% year-on-year in November. Online operators have captured 51% of the sports betting market. Online poker and casino operator PokerStars, however, experienced a rather bad month.

 

Stockholm listed online gambling marketing group Catena Media announced the acquisition of three unidentified US affiliate marketing operations from their founders in a deal worth $15m.

 

Catena Media is looking to hire a Dutch-speaking Senior Frontend Web Developer.

 

As it turns out, casinos do not attract crime.

 

“I have a lot of friends on both sides of this issue,” incoming US President Donald Trump said when asked what he would do with regard to the legalization of online gaming.

 

Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, has finally legalized casinos.

 

 

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