The Permanent Committee for Finance of the Dutch Lower House has given green light to the legislative amendment that would change the tax rate on land-based sports betting from 29% of awarded prize money to 29% of gross gaming revenue (GGR) – on the condition that the government will answer a limited number of questions before the plenary debate and vote.

The amendment was put forward in order to bring the tax rate on land-based sports betting in line with the (proposed) tax rate on online sports betting. The European Commission ruled earlier that land-based and online betting (as well as bingo) must be taxed equally in order to avoid charges of impermissible state aid.

As part of a large fraud investigation in Belgian soccer, several suspects – including a prominent referee – have been detained on suspicion of match-fixing.

The Public Prosecutor of the Oost-Brabant district office has demanded prison sentences of up to four years against the former owners of Dutch gambling company Bubble Group for offering illegal online gambling, money laundering, and fraud.

Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker has responded to parliamentary questions tabled by MP Attje Kuiken (PvdA) regarding match-fixing in tennis.

Gaming machines are specifically designed to stimulate the reward centers of the human brain. Sometimes, this can lead to gambling addiction, popular science program Focus – produced by Dutch public broadcaster NTR – explains. The full episode is available here.

Operator LeoVegas has submitted a formal EU complaint over Italy’s advertising ban.

Italy’s gaming regulator, Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM), has received applications for only 80 remote licenses – a full 40 short of the watchdog’s expectations for this year’s process.

The Czech government has reportedly been unable to collect on the fines it has imposed on internationally licensed online gambling operators who have failed to acquire a local license.

Tristan Sjöberg has resigned from his position on Betsson’s board of directors after becoming embroiled in a tax dispute.

Sky Betting and Gaming has named Ian Proctor as its new CEO, following the UK Competition and Market Authority’s approval of its takeover by The Stars Group.

US President Donald Trump personally lobbied Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on behalf of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s bid for a Japanese casino license, according to a new report.