Dutch poker player Mathijs Jonkers ended in third place at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe and took home €476,585.

“I can’t believe what happened,” Mathijs told Gaming in Holland. “It is incredible how many people watched the broadcasts of the tournament. It felt like the entire country supported me. I have tried to present poker in a positive manner and also to entertain the viewers. I have heard from many people who noted my enthusiasm. So I think I may have succeeded.”

Dutch daily Trouw reports, not very surprisingly, that multiple online gaming companies that illegally serve the Dutch market are based on Malta. Trouw also noted that the Netherlands Gaming Authority currently lacks the powers to collect fines abroad – even in other EU countries.

The Netherlands Gaming Authority responded immediately. “Only the enactment of the remote gaming bill and the regulation of online gaming will allow us to effectively protect Dutch consumers,” the regulator said.

Another newspaper, Het Financieele Dagblad, reported on Dutch licensed, land-based operators who have already opened offices on Malta in preparation of the expected opening of the Dutch online market. Jan Schiffelers, CEO of the Janshen-Hahnraths Group, discusses some of the preparations his company has already made, which includes obtaining an online gaming license from the Malta Gaming Authority.

Chairman Frits Huffnagel of VAN Kansspelen has sent an open letter to State Secretary Menno Snel of Finance objecting to the temporary increase in the gaming tax rate.

Holland Casino is looking to hire a data scientist.

Online broker, CFD and foreign exchange company iFOREX has extended its partnership with Dutch Eredivisie football club PSV Eindhoven. The renewal comes after PSV recently entered into a partnership with Asian-focused online bookmaker Wellbet.

A Dutch woman won a new house in a local charity lottery.

The Belgian gaming regulator says it will be investigating Betway for possible tax evasion and money laundering violations.

Denise Coates, the billionaire founder and boss of gambling firm Bet365, paid herself £217m last year as her company made a £525m profit from a record £47bn of bets.

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