Visit the Gaming in Holland Expo… It’s Free!

For the first time ever, a free-to-attend exhibition for the gaming industry will be held in the Netherlands. It is almost like ICE came to Amsterdam!

Can you afford to miss it?

The Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo will take place June 13-14, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM at De Hallen Studio’s in Amsterdam. The exhibition is aimed at gaming industry professionals in the land-based, online, and lottery sectors.

The Conference & Expo location is easily accessible by public transportation. Parking is available underneath the building.

Visiting the expo is free for qualified gaming professionals. All visitors must be 18 or older. As we can only accommodate a limited number of visitors, registration is required.

And if you do decide to visit, watch out for some gambling art.

 

Holland Casino Invites Unions to Restart Negotiations, Promises Concessions

Following weeks of industrial action, Holland Casino has invited labor unions to restart negotiations. The casino operator also promised concessions on “a number of important issues.”

In related news, last year Holland Casino banned fifty visitors from its premises on suspicion of money laundering, a stark increase compared to 2014 when “only” 21 visitors received such a ban.

 

Netherlands Gaming Authority Trains Local Enforcement Officials

The Dutch municipality of Dordrecht will be the country’s first to deploy enforcement officials who have been trained by the Netherlands Gaming Authority.

RTV Dordrecht broadcasted a brief item on the municipality’s efforts to combat illegal gambling.

 

Join 500 Professionals from the Land-based Gaming Sector in Berlin

On June 1, 2017, the EUROMAT Gaming Summit, the only industry event dedicated exclusively to the land-based gaming sector, will take place in Berlin.

Network with 500 of your peers – everyone who counts in land-based gaming will be there.

The full conference agenda is available here.

 

GVC: Czech Gaming Law “Incompatible with Principles of European Union”

UK-listed online gambling operator GVC Holdings is withdrawing all its brands from the Czech Republic.

GVC-owned online poker operator PartyPoker stated that “the recent changes in the laws in force in the Czech Republic, along with their application in practice by the Czech authorities are incompatible with the principles of the European Union, and should not therefore be used.”

 

Playtech Warns of “Onerous” EU Data Protection Regulations

Gaming software provider Playtech warns in its latest annual report (p. 46) of the risks of new EU data protection regulations:

“The requirements of the new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018. This places onerous responsibilities on data controllers and processors who have users in the EU regardless of where the data is held or processed.”

 

Dutch Senate Releases Written Questions on Casino Reform Bill

Last week, the Dutch Senate released its written questions regarding the casino reform bill.

Surprisingly, Senators from the PvdA signal they may not necessarily support the bill. Otherwise there are few surprises: CDA, SP, and the smaller Christian parties remain fundamentally opposed to increased liberalization of the (land-based) gambling market. Senators from VVD and PVV did not even bother to ask further questions.

 

Other News

Sweden’s unregulated online gambling market recorded a 13% year-on-year increase in revenues last quarter, according to the country’s gambling regulator.

 

Caesars Entertainment Corp’s largest business unit is expected to exit bankruptcy in Q3. With the company’s balance sheet repaired, it is already looking at new markets for expansion. Could it be interested in Holland Casino?

 

Nederlandse Loterij is looking to hire a Relationship Manager Sports and Good Causes.

 

Ireland is mulling changes to its gambling tax regime that could shift some of the burden from operators to punters.

 

Sports betting operator bwin has agreed a four-year partnership deal with German Bundesliga football team Borussia Dortmund.

 

The French online gaming regulatory authority, ARJEL, and the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) have signed a partnership protocol, with the purpose of ensuring the sharing of information related to irregular sports betting patterns.

 

The Swedish Football Association (SvFF) has postponed a scheduled football league game between Goteborg and AIK after an alleged match-fixing attempt.

 

Bettingpro.com-owner Caledonian Publishing has launched a new political betting website, BetOnPolitics.co.uk, as the firm looks to capitalize on next month’s UK General Election.

 

Paddy Power Betfair is looking to expand its presence in the US as competition in Europe intensifies.

 

UK problem gambling charity GambleAware is calling for statutory levy on betting operators.

 

Johan Styren, CEO of the Malta subsidiary of LeoVegas, is stepping down from his position after five years at the firm.

 

A self-excluded gambler has to forfeit $15,527 in internet winnings, New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement decided.

 

The Melco-Hard Rock casino consortium has been given the green light to build Cyprus’ first casino.

 

Melco Crown Philippines Resorts Corp. is the best-performing casino stock in the world this year.

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