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Please take note that this will be the last newsletter of the year. We’ll be back in January!

 

Netherlands Gaming Authority Hits William Hill with €300,000 Fine

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has hit William Hill with a 300,000 fine for offering online gambling in the country without a license.

The Dutch regulator found that customers with Dutch IP addresses could open accounts and were able to select “The Netherlands” from a dropdown menu as their country of origin. Additionally, the operator made use of the iDEAL payment service, for which a Dutch bank account is required.

A William Hill spokesperson said that the company will “definitely be appealing against the fine.”

 

Novomatic Netherlands Awarded G4 Responsible Gaming Accreditation

Novomatic Netherlands has been been awarded the internationally acknowledged and highly regarded G4 Responsible Gaming accreditation from the Global Gambling Guidance Group.

“We are confident this certification will lead to further acceptance of the company as a trustworthy, responsible and ethical entertainment supplier,” the company said in a statement.

 

Cherry AB Shareholders Receive €900m Takeover Offer

Swedish gaming company Cherry has received a €893m takeover offer from a consortium including UK private equity firm Bridgepoint.

The consortium, EE Intressenter, comprises Bridgepoint Europe, Prunius Avium, the Klein Group – headed by Cherry chairman and founder Morten Klein – Audere Est Facere, Betsson CEO Pontus Lindwall, as well as two other individuals.

The Independent Bid Committee of Cherry AB recommends the shareholders to accept the offer.

Commenting on behalf of the consortium, Bridgepoint Advisers partner Mika Herold said the takeover will provide much needed financial resources to Cherry at a time of regulatory changes.

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • Now in its second year, the Social Responsibility for Gambling Operators Conference is designed to help gambling operators effectively manage issues around problem gambling and player protection, avoid regulatory action, improve public opinion and increase customer loyalty. The conference is scheduled to take place 23 January in London.
  • Betting on Sports Americais the largest sports betting conference & exhibition in the US, featuring 175 leading industry speakers across 40 sessions. The event is scheduled to take place 23 – 25 April, 2019 in New York/New Jersey.

 

Dutch Remote Gaming Bill Currently Scheduled to Receive Final Senate Vote in February

Last week, Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker submitted his answers to the final rounds of written questions tabled by the Permanent Committee for Justice and Security of the Dutch Senate on both the Remote Gaming Bill and Casino Refom Bill.

Yesterday, in a procedural meeting, the Permanent Committee for Justice and Security moved to schedule both bills for plenary debate on February 5, 2019.

If the usual procedure is followed, both bills will be voted on during the plenary session of the subsequent week on February 12, 2019.

The Remote Gaming Bill was approved by the Lower House in July 2016; the Casino Reform Bill in January 2017.

If this schedule holds, the Dutch remote market could open as early as January 1, 2020.

 

Other News

The Netherlands Gaming Authority visited over seventy hospitality venues operating slot machines to check for compliance with age restrictions and age verification rules. No infractions were found.

 

Policy researchers representing research firm Intraval propose an evaluation framework to measure the effects of new gambling legislation, in particular the Remote Gaming Bill.

 

Nederlandse Loterij will be the new main sponsor of the Royal Dutch Cycling Union (KNWU) from January 1, 2019. An earlier sponsorship deal with Unibet fell through after only one yearafter the Dutch Senate failed to approve the Remote Gaming Bill in 2017.

 

Holland Casino Groningen, which suffered a devastating fire in 2017, will today open its temporary replacement venue. A preview of the temporary venue is available here.

 

From 7 to 10 January, Merkur Gaming Netherlands will be showcasing its wide range of products for the hospitality market at Horecava, one of the largest international trade fairs for the hotel and hospitality industries.

 

SBC (Sports Betting Community) has secured the services of global sports marketing and sponsorship expert Jaap Kalma, who previously held senior executive roles at Ferrari and seven times European Champions AC Milan, to help promote the Betting on Sports America event in New Jersey/New York on 23-25 April.

 

Ladbrokes agreed to pay close to £1m to the victims of a problem gambler who had stolen the money he was using to bet, in return for a pledge not to inform the UK Gambling Commission.

 

UK betting operators have agreed to implement a voluntary ban on gambling advertisingduring pre-watershed live sport broadcasts from summer 2019.

 

“The EU Court’s AG today advised that non-notification of national law to the EU Commission makes these laws unenforceable; this surely has repercussion for Italy’s recent law banning gambling ads which was not notified under the TRIS procedure,” the European Gaming and Betting Association wrote on Twitter.

 

The number of iGaming companies applying for Malta licenses grew by more than 100 in the first half of 2018, according to figures released by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

 

German gambling operator Gauselmann Group has made a play to acquire Greek lottery and betting operator Intralot’s Polish sports betting subsidiary Totolotek.

 

GVC Holdings has extended its B2B agreement with state-run Danish operator Danske Spil.

 

Evolution Gaming and Unibet have signed a new agreement which will see Evolution’s Live Casino offerings enter the US market.

 

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and FanDuel have announced a multi-year sports betting partnership, making FanDuel an authorized gaming operator for the league.

 

Washington D.C. has become the seventh US jurisdiction to legalise sports betting after the D.C. City Council approved the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act.

 

Scientific Games has agreed a settlement in its court case with Shuffle Tech International after the Las Vegas-based supplier was deemed to have initiated a frivolous patent lawsuit to help it control the market for automatic card-shufflers at casinos.