Council of State Orders Review of Dutch Lottery Monopolies

Thanks to a ruling by the Council of State, the Netherlands’ highest administrative court, the Netherlands Gambling Commission has to explain why having only single licenses for operating the State Lottery and De Lotto does not violate EU law.

Depending on the outcome of this review, both monopolies, currently operated by Nederlandse Loterij, may need to be broken up. Another possibility is that other operators than Nederlandse Loterij will need to be allowed to apply for operating the State Lottery and De Lotto licenses.

The case was brought against the Netherlands Gambling Authority by Speel Verantwoord, EGBA, and Trannel International Ltd (Kindred).


Swedish Regulator to Crack Down on Excessive Gambling Advertising

In a further sign that European regulators are increasingly losing patience with operators over their advertising practices, Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen has set out plans to crack down on excessive advertising in the country’s regulated market.

Operators that breach regulations could face an official warning, financial penalty, or even a revocation of their license.

In an attempt to head off regulatory intervention, the Danish Online Gambling Association (DOGA) has decided to launch a new industry-led code of conduct for online gambling operators in Denmark. Responsible advertising, sponsorships and marketing are all included in the new industry agreement.

Faced with a growing number of advertising clampdowns, several industry insiders believe that engagement through social media may be an effective alternative to traditional advertising.


Upcoming Events

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

  • 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.
  • 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. The event will be hosted by comedian and acclaimed actor Stephen Mangan.
  • 115+ speakers already confirmed their attendance at the World Gaming Executive Summit, 2 – 4 July, 2019 in Barcelona.
  • Betting on Sports 2019, the world’s largest sports betting conference & exhibition, will be held 17 – 20 September, 2019, in London. Betting on Sports 2019 will take place concurrently with CasinoBeats Summit 2019.
  • The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) will hold its 2019 Annual Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica from 30 September to 3 October 2019.
  • The Responsibility in Gaming Conference, taking place 23 – 24 October, 2019 in Brussels, will focus on what operators and regulators can and should do to create an effective and workable responsible gaming policy.


Dutch Regulator Rejects Betsson’s Appeal against €300k Fine

The Netherlands Gambling Authorityhas rejected the appeal of Betsson subsidiary Corona Ltd against the €300,000 administrative fine issued by the regulator on July 31, 2018. The Gambling Authority fined Corona for offering online gaming in the country without a license.

Corona, which operates the Kroon Casino and Oranje Casino brands, is now expected to appeal the Gambling Authority’s decision in the local district court.

Last year, a Betsson spokesperson said the company would be willing to escalate the appeals process to the European Court of Justice if necessary.

Kroon and Oranje have been trying, with varying degrees of success, to arrive at an agreement with Dutch regulatory authorities since 2011.

Betsson is currently also appealing a cease and desist order from the Netherlands Gambling Authority against its affiliate business Content Publishing Ltd.


Other News

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has published its annual report for the year 2018. Last year, the regulator focused in particular on protecting minors and young adults.


Due to the adoption of the Remote Gaming Bill, the Netherlands Gambling Authority will be even better positioned to protect consumers in the future, the regulator’s chairman René Jansen said.


Several well-known players will participate in the World Poker Tour DeepStacks tournament at Holland Casino Amsterdam. The event will last from March 23-31.


The lack of EU-wide betting rules is gambling with online players’ safety, according to the European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA).


Operator Paf has urged rivals to disclose their customers’ annual wins and losses to open a “genuine debate” about problem gambling after revealing that a mandatory loss limit helped to reduce its players’ average account deficit by nearly 20% in 2018.


Sports betting continued its dominance of French gambling market revenues, increasing by 46% year-on-year during 2018


The German state of Schleswig-Holstein has introduced new legislation to extend recently-expired online casino licenses in the region.


Betsson has appointed Martin Öhman as its new CFO.


Betsson has partnered with CompetitionLabs to develop real-time gamification features across its casino brands, including tournaments, missions, achievements and insights.


LeoVegas has introduced a new proprietary multi-brand platform in a move that will enable the Swedish operator to launch new brands under the collective name “Brands of Leo.”


Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has confirmed it will list its shares on Nasdaq Stockholm later this month, with the first day of trading planned for March 26.


Czech private equity firms KKCG and EMMA Capital have confirmed that they will move to split the ownership of assets in pan-European betting and lottery operator SAZKA Group.


Launching its latest viral marketing campaign “The Brexit Bunker,” Irish bookmaker Paddy Power offers the UK public “an escape from the madness.”


Online betting operator SportPesa has signed a two-year partnership with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).


Online gaming software supplier Bede Gaming has been accepted as an associate member of the European Lotteries Association.


The Gambling Awareness Trust, a new body to help tackle gambling addiction and problems caused by gaming is to receive €1m a year from the Irish Bookmakers Association.