Last Chance: GiH/Speel Verantwoord Lunch @ICE 2017

On Wednesday, February 8, from 12:00 pm to 14:00 pm, Gaming in Holland and Speel Verantwoord will organize their traditional lunch at the ICE Totally Gaming Conference.

ICE is a unique gathering place for all gaming professionals, including operators, suppliers, consultants, and regulators, allowing you to build your contacts, arrange meetings and forge partnerships with maximum convenience and a minimum of fuss.

Industry leaders have already confirmed their attendance. Moreover, Gaming in Holland will present attendees with the very first issue of its printed Gaming in Holland Magazine.

If you would like to join us, please confirm your attendance by sending an email to rsvp@gaminginholland.com. There are still only a few seats available!

 

Can Online Training Help Treat Gambling Addiction?

The University of Amsterdam has launched a new study to investigate whether problem gamblers can benefit from online behavioral therapy.

The study builds on earlier research conducted with subjects who were addicted to cigarettes or alcohol.

 

Fewer Operators than Expected to Enter the Dutch Online Market?

Regulatory changes are forcing operators to become more selective in their international strategy, EGR Intel writes. This could mean that fewer international operators than expected will decide to enter the Dutch online market:

“Some regulated markets such as Portugal, France and Poland are setting tax rates at such a punitive level that only those with a strong track record or local partner are willing to get involved. While others such as Spain or potentially the Netherlands are at a biting point where operators can only get involved if it’s a real market of focus.

If you are of the scale of bet365 or PPB then perhaps you can afford for every market to be one of focus, but for everyone else in the market it’s now time to be selective about where you apply your marketing and investment budget. This has been the case for some years now, but the last 12 months has brought this new reality into sharp focus.

The emergence of more must-enter regulated markets in the mid-term from Germany and Sweden will likely only squeeze out some of the smaller markets such as Portugal, Spain and even the Netherlands as options for some. While the increasingly complex and tricky dot.com sector will likely see more regionally or even country specific focused operations emerge.”

 

UK Competition and Markets Authority “Concerned” about Free Bet Promotions

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has expressed concern over certain aspects of free bet promotions.

“We’re particularly concerned about information we’ve received suggesting that players may be placing sports bets, which according to the terms of a promotion qualify them for a free bet, only later to be told they’re not eligible for the promotion,” the CMA said.

 

Kindred Group Launches Casino Brand Directed towards High Rollers

Kindred Group has launched a new internet casino brand directed towards high rollers in the Norwegian and Swedish market.

“You will find high rollers within all national and international gambling companies. Instead of pretending as if this group of players does not exist, we have chosen to take their needs seriously, and are launching a safer gambling environment and a better reward system,” said Peter Alling, Head of Nordic Public Affairs in Kindred Group.

 

Lower House to Vote on Privatization of Holland Casino on January 31

On Monday afternoon, the permanent committees of Security and Justice and Finance of the Dutch Lower House debated the proposal to privatize Holland Casino. Although a majority of the Lower House is in favor, there is opposition as well.

The Christian Democrats (CDA) in particular have proposed a number of amendments to the original bill that would impose additional restrictions. MP’s Jeroen van Wijngaarden (VVD) and Mei Li Vos (PvdA) have proposed an amendment that would ensure that the private party that will buy the majority of Holland Casino’s branches, will not be able to acquire the remaining casino licenses as well.

Dutch labor union FNV is already suing Holland Casino in order to preserve its employees’ job security.

The full Lower House will reportedly vote on the bill on January 31.

In related news, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff responded to questions submitted by MP Mei Li Vos (PvdA) regarding a promotional game of chance offered by Holland Casino.

 

Other News

Despite the introduction of new regulations, a number of unlicensed online gambling firms remain active in the Czech Republic.

 

Media, entertainment and gaming law firm Kalff Katz & Franssen has confirmed its sponsorship of the GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2017.

 

In the opinion of European Court of Justice Advocate General Maciej Szpunar, Gibraltar and the UK territory are a single Member State and European law regarding the freedom to provide services between Member States would therefore not be applicable to the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association’s (GBGA) challenge to the introduction of Point of Consumption (PoC) tax, and other regulations, in the UK in 2014.

 

The Gaming Standards Association, a North American trade association for the gaming industry, is expanding into Europe with a Malta-based division.

 

Belgian sponsorship conference SponsorLive will feature Koenraad Verheyen, Senior Manager Sponsoring & Events at Belgium’s national lottery monopoly Nationale Loterij, as a panelist.

 

The German land-based slot machine sector has started a campaign to warn punters against illegal and unregulated gambling.

 

GamblingCompliance has released a free report providing a brief overview of the fourteen European markets that face the most significant changes in online gambling regulation in 2017.

 

Mobile is devouring desktop traffic around the world, but bet365 discovered that desktop still has benefits that mobile cannot replicate.

 

Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) reported a 3% year-on-year drop in Q4 online revenues. Investors have not taken the news well.

 

Merged Ladbrokes Coral has overtaken William Hill in profitability. Operating profit for 2016 is expected to come in between £275m-£285m, while William Hill’s operating profit will likely add up to around £260m.

 

888sport has become the latest gambling operator to join betting integrity body ESSA.

 

Very few gambling startups manage to thrive. But which ones do?

 

Amaya, owner of the PokerStars brand, has said that it expects to post record revenue for FY 2016.

 

Around $5bn in Counter-Strike skins were wagered in 2016.

 

Observers of the eSports market speculated this week that UK and Australian-licensed eSports betting operator Unikrn may be eying Germany as its next market following news that the company has invested an unspecified amount in the German professional eSports player team BIG.

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