Netherlands Gambling Authority Hits 1xBet with €400k Fine for Offering Unlicensed Gambling

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has imposed a €400,000 fine on operator 1xBet for operating in the Netherlands without a license.

More specifically, the fined has been issued to the two companies behind the Curacao-licensed 1xBet.com and Cyprus-based xbet-1.com sites, as well as 83 associated online domains.

Both 1xbet.com and xbet-1.com were accessible from the Netherlands, offered a Dutch language feature, as well as the option to make deposits via iDEAL, which is only available to those with a Dutch bank account.

1xBet said it will appeal the fine. The domains 1xbet.com and xbet-1.com are currently no longer accessible from a Dutch IP address.

 

Dutch Court Upholds Cease and Desist Order against Betsson Affiliate Subsidiary

The District Court of The Hague has confirmed the legitimacy of a cease and desist order from the Netherlands Gambling Authority against Malta-based affiliate business Content Publishing Ltd.

Content Publishing, a Betsson affiliate subsidiary, complied with the cease and desist order but appealed to the Hague Court, saying their texts were “editorial information” and the laws against it were overly broad.

However, the Court found that web content primarily meant to direct customers to online gambling services should be classified as “facilitating” unlicensed gambling and are thus to be considered an illegal form of advertising.

 

Dutch Online Market Could “Easily” Be Worth €1bn+

Will the Netherlands be an attractive market for online operators? Restrictive regulations and a high tax rate will be offset by a tech-savvy population with a high discretionary spend, says Alun Bowden in EGR Intel:

“So what would operators get for their money here? The Netherlands could reasonably be a very large market. Current estimates of the grey market place it at around €400m, but given the right conditions and a per-capita spend closer to the Nordics, this easily becomes a €1bn+ market. […]

Could the Netherlands end up like France or Portugal with a paucity of big players and nobody really making much money? It’s certainly a possibility, but regulated market growth opportunities are going to be harder to come by in the years ahead and it may be tough for anyone to not try and stake their claim.”

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • Elam Group Electronic Amusement and Eurocoin Gaming will organize an in-house exhibition on 26-27 March at their premises in Waalwijk.
  • 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 attendance at the World Gaming Executive Summit, 2-4 July 2019 in Barcelona.
  • The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) will hold its 2019 Annual Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica from 30 September to 3 October 2019.

 

Free Webinar | Ask YOUR Questions on the Future Regulated Dutch Online Market

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

Even though the outcome of the Senate vote guarantees that regulated online gaming will finally come to the Netherlands, there are still many questions that could use further clarification, such as:

  • When will the regulated online market open?
  • What will the market look like? How attractive will the market be?
  • Which additional administrative hurdles need to be taken before the bill comes into force?
  • What will the Netherlands Gambling Authority’s licensing process look like? What conditions must licensees be able to fulfill?
  • And many more.

The webinar is designed to be interactive. Participants’ questions will take center stage. If you would like to join, you can also submit your questions beforehand.

Click here to register and submit your questions. We hope to welcome you next week!

 

Join Gaming in Holland for Business Drinks, March 5 in Amsterdam

Now that the Senate has finally passed the Remote Gaming Bill and we can look forward to regulated online gaming in the Netherlands, there is, unquestionably, a lot to discuss.

Join Gaming in Holland on Tuesday March 5, from 17.00-19.00 for business drinks at:

Café Wildschut

Roelof Hartplein 1-3

1071 TR Amsterdam

We would love to see you there!

As we need to know how many people will join us, please click here to let us know if you are coming. (You will not receive additional confirmation of your registration.)

 

Other News

Internationally renowned gaming lawyer Justin Franssen has once again been selected for a Band 1 entry in Chambers Global 2018.

 

Industry veteran John van Schaijk has joined Trisigma as Technical Manager for the gaming test lab in the compliance service provider’s Dutch Head Office.

 

With its Nederlandse Loterij in Beweging Prijs, national lottery operator Nederlandse Loterij will award 50,000 to a deserving initiative that will promote sports in the Netherlands. Proposals can be submitted until March 1, 2019.

 

Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has issued another warning to its licensees, this time, regarding the controls surrounding its bonus offers to customers.

 

LeoVegas has launched its Pixel Digital esports betting brand in the regulated Swedish market after securing a license from national gambling regulator Spelinspektionen.

 

The Swedish gambling market saw revenue grow 1.5% in 2018, driven by growth in regulated and offshore igaming.

 

Portugal has posted €152.1m in online betting and gaming revenue for 2018, the second full year of regulation in the country, up 24% on the prior year.

 

Skill-based games garnered lots of buzz in 2016 and 2017, but have yet to make a mark on casino floors.

 

Scientific Games has reported a 9% increase in full-year revenue, to $3.36bn, during 2018. However, the supplier’s net loss grew 45% during the period, to $352.4m.

 

Playtech has reported a 54% growth in full-year revenue to €1.24bn during 2018.

 

Ubiquitous smartphone gambling and lack of regulation presents a potential danger to people with addiction problems, a study carried out at the University of Nottingham found.

 

UK gambling companies are reportedly planning to set up a single new trade body by merging the Remote Gambling Association and the Association of British Bookmakers.

 

The UK Gambling Commission is requesting stakeholders’ views on the issue of gambling online with credit cards.

 

UK Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Mims Davies, wants to introduce a ban on 16 and 17-year-olds being able to purchase scratchcards and lottery tickets in Britain.

 

Lawmakers in Kentucky and North Dakota have advanced bills that would legalize various forms of sports betting in each state.

 

Wynn Resorts was assessed a $20 million fine by the Nevada Gaming Commission to settle a 10-count complaint that detailed years of failure by former company executives to investigate numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by former CEO Steve Wynn.