Holland Casino Festively Opens Newest Branch on Memorable Night

On Thursday, Holland Casino celebrated the grand opening of its newest branch in Amsterdam West. The opening festivities featured an impressive light show, live music, and performances by well-known artists such as Fedde Le Grand, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Berget Lewis, and Jan Versteegh.

The 1,500 guests, including many Dutch celebrities, were treated to a spectacular opening gala.

Erwin van Lambaart, CEO Holland Casino: “I am very proud that, for the first time in twelve years, we are opening a brand new casino. With our newest branch, we contribute to the development of Amsterdam Sloterdijk and complement our presence in the Amsterdam metropolitan area.


Malta Gaming Authority Imposes New License Requirements on Affiliates

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has imposed new B2C license requirements on affiliates and marketing firms. “Where the intermediary enters into contractual agreements with players, it is no longer an intermediary but, rather, requires a B2C license,” according to a recent MGA guidance notice.

Included under “contractual agreements” are player registration, as well as the handling player deposits and withdrawals.

If the intermediary does not provide such services, no license is required.


Upcoming Events

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

  • On 16 October, Kindred Group will host the Sustainable Gambling Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference aims to highlight different perspectives on sustainable gambling by bringing together stakeholders from the industry, academia, and regulators.
  • The Lisbon Affiliate Conference will take place on 17-20 October 2018 and is expected to bring together the key stakeholders in the iGaming affiliate industry.
  • The 2018 Gaming in Spain Conference, which takes place 7-8 November, 2018, in Madrid, is your single stop to stay informed of the increasingly attractive opportunities offered by the booming Spanish online gaming market. Click here to register.
  • On 14 November, trade association VAN Kansspelen will hold its annual members’ meeting. The members’ meeting will be followed by a product presentation, showcasing the latest innovations in land-based gaming products.
  • Clarion Gaming has launched ICE Sports Betting USA, a two-day event to be held in New York on 27 and 28 November, 2018.


MRG to Pursue Dutch License despite Fine

MRG, formerly known as Mr Green, intends to use the company’s new membership of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) to support its efforts to expand into more regulated markets across the European Union.

Chief executive Per Norman named the Netherlands as one market where MRG is keen to acquire a license upon regulation, despite having been recently been fined by the Netherlands Gaming Authority.

Remote operators that have been sanctioned by the Dutch regulator will not be able to acquire a license when the online market opens, Minister Sander Dekker recently confirmed.

MRG is in the process of appealing its fine.


Other News

On Wednesday October 10, Dutch public broadcaster NTR will air a program on the neurological basis of gambling addiction. The show will feature, among others, former problem gambler and experiential expert Feite Hofman.


Frits Huffnagel, chairman of VAN Kansspelen, addressed the Permanent Committee for Justice and Security of the Lower House. Huffnagel repeated his objections against the temporary gambling tax increase for the land-based sector that was introduced to cover for the budget shortfall caused by the delay in enacting the Remote Gaming Bill.


MP Ronald van Raak (SP) has tabled a series of parliamentary questions on remote operators and financial services providers in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


According to business magazine Management Team, Holland Casino made the Top 3 of Dutch hospitality companies ranked by reputation. Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart also discussed the future plans of the casino operator.


Holland Casino is looking to hire a CRM/E-mail Marketeer.


The UK Gambling Commission has published new standards, which come into effect from 31 October, regarding how complaints are to be handled by alternative dispute resolution (ADR) providers in the gambling industry.


The Irish government is set to double the country’s gambling tax from 1% to to 2% of turnover.


Online lottery betting operator Lottoland has offered to pass on its entire turnover from betting on German lotteries to current license holders in exchange for a nationwide operating license.


LeoVegas has launched a new initiative with the aim of fixing the “imbalance” of gender representation in the technology sector and inspiring more women to pursue a career in the market.


Shares at 888 were down almost 9% after the firm reported an 18% slump in its UK performance during the first six months of 2018.


Clive Hawkswood, who has held the position for 14 years, is to step down from his position as chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA).


Bingo operator Stride Gaming has set aside £4m to pay a forthcoming fine from the UK Gambling Commission.


Paf has moved to acquire supplier partner Proactive Gaming Scandinavia AB in a move it said will enhance its “important” bingo service offering.


Greece’s online sports betting market is on track for a new revenue record in 2018, driven by bettors’ interest in this summer’s FIFA World Cup.


Romania’s gambling regulator has temporarily suspended the gaming licenses of online gambling operator Sea-Bet Limited and fixed-odds betting licensee Bet Club Sistem SRL.


B2B gaming software supplier GAN has recorded a loss after tax of £2.9m for the six months ended 30 June.


The National Hockey League’s (NHL) annual revenue may increase by $216 million annually due to widely available, legal, regulated sports betting, according to a new Nielsen Sports study commissioned by the American Gaming Association (AGA).


IGTand William Hills US have moved to build on their existing relationship in the US by entering a multi-year agreement to offer lotteries a full service solution for sports betting.


Gaming profits in Nevada slipped to a yearly low of $913m in the month of August, with state regulators blaming a lack of major events.