The people at the Netherlands Gaming Authority had a busy week. Not only did the regulator publish its annual report on the past year, but it also released the study Gambling and Digital Games in the Netherlands, conducted by the US-based research firm SuperData, on the possible risks of social (casino) gaming.
Additionally, the regulator released an information sheet on the duty of care that slot machine operators have to their players, as “few” land-based operators in the Netherlands – with the notable exception of Holland Casino – were found to possess an adequate policy in this regard.
Significantly, in all their communications, the Netherlands Gaming Authority called on the Dutch Senate to approve the pending remote gaming bill as soon as possible, in order to improve consumer protection and facilitate enforcement.
On Wednesday’s general meeting, the members of VAN Kansspelen, the Dutch trade association of land-based slot machine operators, reappointed current board members Frits Huffnagel, Ed Schunselaar, and Ryamond Oosterbeek to second three-year terms. The other two board members, whose terms did not yet end, are Rob Kiffen and Aad Kobus.
This year’s World Poker Tour will kick off on May 5 at Holland Casino Amsterdam.
According to a soon-to-be-released government-appointed review, Sweden’s state gambling monopoly should be largely scrapped and replaced with a system under which online gambling companies are licensed and taxed.
The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has called on gaming operators and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) providers to improve the way that they respond to customer disputes.
Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, has reiterated that the US football league remains “strongly” opposed to the legalization of sports betting across the US.