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June 13-14

Save the date for the sixth edition of our annual Gaming in Holland Conference.

This year, we will be moving to a new location, a great new home (which will be revealed soon) for the annual focal point of the Dutch gaming industry. This year’s conference, for the first time, will include an expo for both land-based and online gaming companies, in addition to a great line-up of speakers.

More details will follow shortly!

 

Council of State Upholds Illegal Gambling Fines

The Dutch Council of State, which also functions as the country’s highest administrative court, has upheld fines totaling €180,000 issued by the Netherlands Gaming Authority to unlicensed online casino operators Bluemay Enterprises NV and Bluemay Enterprises Ltd.

Bluemay Enterprises unsuccessfully argued that the fines for its Curacao-licensed websites were unlawful as Article 56 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) prohibits bans on the free movement of services between EU member states.

Despite being a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the island nation of Curacao has never been considered an EU member state. Moreover, the Council of State noted that exceptions to Article 56 are permitted if the member state’s actions are intended to protect consumers.

 

“Gambling Widespread among Professional Soccer Players”

“Only naive and careless players are being caught,” former FIFA head of security and sports integrity expert Chris Eaton said.

Although several Dutch government bodies and other organizations established the “Nationaal Platform Matchfixing” in 2013, (online) betting operators are not yet officially involved in the fight against match-fixing – despite repeated proposals to offer assistance.

 

Dutch Senate Decides on Second Round of Written Questions on Remote Gaming Bill

The permanent committee for Security and Justice of the Dutch Senate decided yesterday that there will be a second round of written questions on the remote gaming bill. Questions can be submitted until April 11.

As there will be Lower House elections on March 15, it seems likely that it will be left to the next government to respond to these new questions, which would mean – at the very least – another considerable delay.

The senate committee also decided on a first round of written questions on the casino reform bill. As with the remote gaming bill, questions can be submitted until April 11.

Additionally, the committee expressed its desire to hold, in due course, a single plenary debate on both the remote gaming bill and the casino reform bill.

 

Other News

Holland Casino is currently offering a promotional, free-to-participate online horse racing game. Winners may participate in a draw to win a trip to the Royal Ascot.

 

Duindigt racecourse has canceled its first race of the season and may even stay closed for good.

 

Internet gaming systems provider Pariplay Ltd. has appointed former Playtech executive Gil Soffer as VP of Sales & Business Development. Pariplay is said to have concrete plans to expand into the Dutch market.

 

Even though online casinos are still illegal in the country, German-facing online casino DrückGlück.de has launched a major television marketing campaign.

 

German land-based slot machine operators are betting on technical solutions to enhance player protections – and to prevent legislators from closing their casinos.

 

Slot halls, lotteries and on-course tote betting will be exempt from strict new anti-money laundering (AML) requirements, according to a bill published in Germany last week.

 

The Danish online gaming market moved in a positive direction in 2016, with online slots revenue growing 24% year-on-year. Online slots now account for 72% of the online casino market as a whole.

 

The Danish government has notified the European Commission of proposed changes to its gambling legislation that would liberalize the online bingo and racing markets.

 

Trust in the British gambling industry is at an all-time low among consumers, according to new figures (p. 32) from the Gambling Commission. A representative survey of 2,000 UK adults found just 34% agreed that gambling is “conducted fairly and can be trusted.”

 

The UK government has announced that it is to consult with stakeholders over a loophole that allows gambling websites to offer cut-price betting options on the EuroMillions.

 

Ireland is set to follow the UK, Germany and France by clamping down on the retail forex and contract for difference (CFD) markets.

 

The Italian gaming market posted strong growth in February.

 

The gaming company Betsson has announced it has just employed its 1000th employee in Malta, whose combined salaries come to €40m.

 

Betsson enters the Spanish gaming market by acquiring the locally licensed online gaming operator Premier Casino. The online gaming market in Spain is growing fast, primarily in the casino segment.

 

Online lottery company ZEAL will post better-than-expected financial results for the year ended December 31, 2016.

 

Cypriot attorney-general Costas Clerides had ordered a police investigation into Greek lottery and betting operator OPAP after the Greek lottery and betting operator declined to hand over its financial records for a government audit unless the state treasurer agreed to sign a confidentiality agreement.

 

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