Dutch Senate Adopts Remote Gaming Bill

Yesterday afternoon, the Dutch Senate adopted the Remote Gaming Bill, two and a half years after the bill passed the Lower House.

This means that the Dutch online market is now expected to open in late 2020 or early 2021.

In addition, the Senate adopted several motions stating that:

  1. operators who in the past deliberately targeted the Dutch market should be subject to a two-year “cooling off” period;
  2. the government should consider bringing back IP and DNS blocking when the enacted bill will be evaluated after three years;
  3. the government should investigate and report back on the desirability of a complete ban on online gambling advertising.

For more extensive coverage check out this Twitter thread.

A statement (in Dutch) by the Ministry of Justice and Security welcoming the bill’s passage is available here.

The Netherlands Gambling Authority hailed the passage of the bill as an important “milestone” in its pursuit of stronger consumer protections.

A video message of René Jansen, Chairman of the Netherlands Gambling Authority can be seen here.

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) also welcomed the adoption of the Remote Gaming Bill by the Dutch Senate. “We now look forward to working with the Dutch Gambling Commission, De Kansspelautoriteit, to ensure an effective implementation of the new rules in a timely and consumer-friendly way,” said EGBA Secretary General Maarten Haijer.

Trade association VAN Kansspelen called on Minister Sander Dekker to continue the government’s efforts to modernize the Dutch gambling market by now focusing on the land-based slot machine sector.


Save the Date: Gaming in Holland/Kalff Katz & Franssen Webinar on Dutch Online Market & Expected Regulatory Timeline

On 5 March, 2019, at 15:00 CET, Willem van Oort, founder of Gaming in Holland, and Justin Franssen, gaming lawyer at Kalff Katz & Franssen will host a webinar on the Dutch online market and the expected regulatory timeline in the wake of yesterday’s adoption of the Remote Gaming Bill by the Dutch Senate.

More details will be published soon on www.gaminginholland.com. Or – in case you haven’t already – sign up for our weekly newsletter here.


Save the Date: 2019 Gaming in Holland Conference

The 2019 Gaming in Holland Conference will be held 5-6 June, 2019, at the Johan Cruyff Arena, the iconic stadium of AFC Ajax.

Conference attendees may expect the following:

  • An update on the regulatory situation: meet the Netherlands Gambling Authority’s new chairman René Jansen
  • Information on the licensing process
  • A market overview

More details to follow!


In Search of a Workable Responsible Gaming Policy? Attend the Responsibility in Gaming Conference 2019

There are already many conferences where scholars and other experts share the latest insights on problem gambling, its prevalence, and the neurological effects seen in the brains of people with a gambling disorder.

But how do we translate these insights into concrete and specific measures for operators to implement in their day-to-day operations? And what should regulators know and do about it?

While understanding the deeper causes of problem gambling is certainly important, the Responsibility in Gaming Conference will focus on what stakeholders can and should do to create an effective and workable responsible gaming policy.

Who is attending

The event is tailored to provide decision makers in the land-based, online, and lottery industry segments with specific and concrete information to apply responsible gambling principles to their core business operations.

The following speakers have already confirmed their attendance:

  • Birgitte Sand, Director of the Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden)
  • Claire Pinson-Bessonnet, Chairwoman of Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF)
  • Per Jaldung, Chairman of the Board of the European Casino Association (ECA)
  • Jesper Kärrbrink, CEO of Mr Green Ltd.
  • Philippe Vlaemminck, Managing Partner at Pharumlegal
  • Jonathan Parke, founder of Sophro
  • Kim Mouridsen, Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Head of Neuroimaging Methods, MINDLab, Founder of Mindway AI

When & where

The Responsibility in Gaming Conference takes place October 23 – 24, 2019 in Brussels at Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel (formerly the Conrad Hotel), centrally located at Avenue Louise.

To guarantee minimal out-of-office time, the official program kicks off after lunch on October 23 with a fully packed afternoon program. On October 24, sessions will continue until lunchtime.


Other Upcoming Events

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

  • Betting on Sports America is 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.
  • The GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2019, which celebrate excellence in compliance and responsible gambling initiatives, will be awarded on 1 May, 2019, at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London.
  • 115+ speakers already confirmed their attendence at the World Gaming Executive Summit, 2-4 July 2019 in Barcelona.
  • The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) is officially calling for speakers for its 2019 Annual Conference to be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from 30 September to 3 October 2019. Submissions are due by 1 February.


Other News


Dutch charity lottery and new market entrant Raffld will (temporarily?) suspend its operations on March 1, according to an email the operator sent to its players.


Willibrord van Beek has been appointed as the new chairman of Goede Doelen Platform, the cooperative association of all beneficiaries of the various Dutch charity lotteries.


For the second time in three weeks, a lucky guest at Holland Casino won more than one million euros.


Norwegian regulator Lotteritilsynet revealed that it had ordered all Norwegian licensed banks to block payment transactions which could be identified for the purposes of online gambling. The newdirective targets six Malta-licensed operators directly – Betsson AB, Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), Kindred Group, L&L Entertainment, Dino Gaming Ltd and Co-Gaming Ltd.


The Swedish government has given licensed Swedish operators a month to show a “noticeable change” in their marketing practices or they could face tougher regulations.


The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) believes a new EU plan for the development of artificial intelligence systems could play a major role in improving in problem gambling services.


Last week, the Malta Gaming Authority announced the suspension of the online licenses of two operators and a game developer.


International betting integrity body ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity) reported 267 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during 2018. Tennis (178) and football (52) constituted 86% of all alerts during the year.


France’s online gambling revenue grew by one-quarter in 2018, but the country’s regulator says improvements are needed to ensure these gains continue.


The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is calling for views on how to better protect vulnerable people and problem gamblers. The UKGC is specifically interested in improved customer interaction, alternative dispute resolution, and facilitated access to gambling blocking software.


888 Holdings has agreed a deal to acquire JPJ Group’s Mandalay operating business, including the Costa Bingo brand, for a cash consideration of £18m (€20.6m).


Paddy Power Betfair said it will challenge two separate court rulings which ordered the operator to pay a total of €55m in taxes.


Platform provider Aspire Global has cited the introduction of new technology across its service offering as a key driver of a 45.5% year-on-year increase in revenue for 2018.


Evolution Gaming increased its operating revenues by 38% to €245.4m in 2018.


Betsson has reported year-on-year growth across revenue and gross profit for 2018, due in part to a record performance by the business in the fourth quarter.


Cherry AB has reported a 44% year-on-year rise in its consolidated revenues for 2018 as acting-CEO Gunnar Lind hailed an “excellent” year for the group.


MGM Resorts International chief executive Jim Murren has attacked the US Department of Justice’s revised stance on the Wire Act, dismissing it as “an absurdly, poorly-written and unenforceable opinion.”


The president of the New Jersey State Senate has threatened to launch a lawsuit against the US Department of Justice’s recent reinterpretation of the Federal Wire Act.


Slot machine manufacturer Aristocrat has launched a 7UP-branded gaming machine.


Macau casino operator SJM Holdings Ltd has vowed to push forward with developing the city’s first Karl Lagerfeld Hotel after the iconic fashion designer it was named after, Karl Lagerfeld, passed away.