Netherlands Gaming Authority Issues Cease and Desist Orders to Staatsloterij, Holland Casino, Others, for Targeting Minors with Web Ads

The Netherlands Gaming Authority found that several licensed operators, including Holland Casino, Staatsloterij, De Lotto, Nationale Postcodeloterij, BankGiro Loterij, and VriendenLoterij, have allowed their web ads to appear on websites aimed at minors, such as Donaldduck.nl, Scholieren.com, and Spelletjes.nl.

The regulator has issued cease and desist orders and imposed penalty payments of up to €100,000 in case the operators are found to have repeated their offenses.

All operators promised to take adequate measures to remedy the situation.

 

VVD Considers Amendment to Introduce Fixed Ending Date for Temporary Gaming Tax Increase

During a meeting of the Permanent Committee for Finance of the Dutch Lower House, MP Aukje de Vries (VVD) said that her group is considering to propose a legislative amendment that would mandate the setting of a fixed ending date for the temporary gaming tax rate increase that is proposed by the Dutch government.

According to current proposals, the ending date of the tax increase for currently licensed operators will be dependent on the adoption of the remote gaming bill by the Dutch Senate. The increase will automatically expire six months after enactment of the bill.

MP Edgar Mulder (PVV) also reiterated his position that the proposed temporary increase should automatically end after one year.

However, State Secretary Menno Snel of Finance (D66) said that in the government’s opinion it would be better to maintain a direct connection between the duration of the temporary tax increase and further legislative progress on the remote gaming bill in order “to keep up the pressure” on the Senate.

 

Upcoming Event

The following upcoming events may be of interest to members of the GiH community.

  • On 24 November, Malta’s largest iGaming conference SIGMA’17 will feature a session on regulatory developments in the Netherlands, moderated by GiH founder Willem van Oort. Conference registration is open. Gaming in Holland and Leaseweb invite SIGMA’17 attendees to join us for drinks on Thursday, 23 November 2017, starting at 7:30 pm. Places are limited, so please reserve your place today by registering here.
  • Also taking place during SIGMA’17 is the KPMG eSummit Regulatory Conference, which will include an in-depth look at gaming in the Netherlands, as well as several breakout sessions.
  • Registration for ICE 2018, which is to take place 6-8 February 2018 at ExCeL London, is live. As always, there will be a Gaming in Holland Lunch – on 7 February – at next year’s foremost gathering of gaming professionals in the world.
  • The GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2018, celebrating excellence in the field of regulatory compliance and responsible gambling, will be hosted at The Sheraton Grand Hotel, London – 18 April 2018.
  • Next year, the iGaming Super Show, EiG and Amsterdam Affiliate Conference come together as iGB Live!, a consolidated three brand event. The first edition of iGB Live! will take place 17 – 20 July 2018 at The Amsterdam RAI.
  • The 12th EASG Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues is now scheduled for 11-14 September 2018 at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Valletta, Malta.

 

Join Gaming in Holland for an Afternoon Session on the Future of the Dutch Lottery Landscape

On 28 November, Gaming in Holland will organize a Dutch-language afternoon session titled: “The Dutch Lottery Landscape after 2018: a Blueprint for Other EU Countries?”

Save the date!

We will be taking an in-depth look at the new market conditions for lottery operators following the recent realization of a more liberalized lottery licensing system. Will the Netherlands be an example to other EU countries? What responsible gaming measures are expected from lottery operators?

Our speakers include Peter-Paul de Goeij (Lottovate), Roelant Reizevoort (Fair Share Nederland), and Pieter Remmers (Assissa). Additional speakers will be announced shortly.

Visitors are welcome from 3:45 PM at the offices of GiH partner Leaseweb: Luttenbergweg 8, 1101 EC Amsterdam. Following the session, there will be drinks and opportunities for networking.

If you are interested in attending, please send an email to rsvp@gaminginholland.com.

More details will follow soon.

 

Other News

MVSA Architects have won the tender to design Holland Casino Venlo. The new building an “interactive facade.”

 

Holland Casino is also looking to hire a risk advisor.

 

On Saturday, Jack’s Casino celebrated the opening of a new branch in the Van der Valk Hotel in Eemnes, close to Hilversum. “We are very pleased with the result. It turned out very beautiful. The casino exudes a luxurious, international ambiance,” Eric Older CEO of JVH gaming & entertainment said.

 

Dutch lottery operator Lotto has introduced new rules which increase the likelihood of players winning a prize.

 

On 12 April, 2018, Dutch affiliate marketing expert Affiliateblogger.nl will organize a large event dedicated to affiliate marketing in the Amsterdam Arena.

 

According to the “Paradise Papers,” several German banks have been doing business with online gambling firms that operate illegally in the country.

 

The new gambling laws in Belgium will effectively outlaw the affiliate model in the gambling sector.

 

GVC Holdings is to sell its Turkey-facing business for up to €150m to a Malta-based company. GVC’s Turkish operations are believed to have been a major reason behind the failure of the operator’s company’s merger talks with Ladbrokes Coral.

 

UK operator Gala Interactive has been handed a £2.3m financial penalty by the UK Gambling Commission for social responsibility failings.

 

Bet365’s full-year revenues soared 39% to £2.2bn.

 

Paddy Power Betfair cited growth within its sports wagering business as the main reason behind a 9% year-on-year revenue increase during the third quarter. Online revenue, however, fell 3%.

 

Online gambling operator Bet-at-home, a subsidiary of French gambling operator Betclic Everest Group, generated revenue of €108.7m in the nine months through September 30, an 8.3% improvement over the same period last year.

 

Sky Betting & Gaming reported a 38% year-on-year rise in full-year revenues and profit. The operator recorded revenues of £516m for the twelve months ended 30 June 2017.

 

Playtech shed more than a fifth of its value on Thursday after issuing a profit warning. The software supplier announced it expects its full year profits to be 5% below the bottom end of market expectations.

 

Playtech shares rebounded, however, on Monday after UBS said investors were all but writing off the company’s unregulated business in the wake of last week’s profit warning.

 

During Q3 2017, Catena Media recorded revenues of €17.26 million, an increase of 61 percent year-on-year.

 

SBTech-powered betting operator 10Bet has struck a deal with Vfl Wolfsburg to become the Bundesliga football club’s exclusive betting partner.

 

Online operator KB88 has struck a deal to become the official Asian betting partner of Serie A football club AS Roma. Earlier this year, the operator agreed a similar deal with Dutch side AFC Ajax.

 

Online gambling operator The Stars Group had a mixed week in the former Czechoslovakia, gaining a betting license in the Czech Republic while having its operations banned in Slovakia.

 

Responsible gaming experts Michael Auer and Mark Griffiths published a paper on the reliability of self-reported loss figures. The study found that the estimated loss self-reported by gamblers was indeed correlated with the actual objective loss, but also that players with higher losses tended to have more difficulty estimating their gambling expenditure.

 

Online casino and sportsbook LeoVegas has launched LeoSafePlay, a platform to promote responsible gaming.

 

New restrictions on the use of virtual private network (VPN) services took effect last week in Russia, making it harder for local punters to visit blacklisted gambling sites.

 

Daily fantasy firm Oulala has partnered with Kenyan operator Safaribet to launch an Africa-facing DFS product.

 

Pre-registration for ICE 2018 is up 7% year-on-year.

 

Clarion Gaming will launch ICE Africa in 2018.

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