Gaming in Holland Awards Returns to Recognize the Best of the Best!

The Dutch industry’s only dedicated awards program is returning to recognize the operators and suppliers that have excelled in the areas of innovation, responsible gaming and commercial success in the past year.

In a change from last year, the 2019 awards feature just three major categories:

  • Responsible Gaming Initiative of the Year
  • Operator of the Year
  • Innovation of the Year

The winners of the Gaming in Holland Awards will be announced at an exclusive dinner on Wednesday 5th June at De Koepelkerk, a beautiful 17th-century domed church located in the heart of Amsterdam.

The gala awards dinner will also include a charity auction, the proceeds of which will be donated to a good cause.

The deadline for submission is Friday 17 May. All nominees must be fully licensed to operate in the Dutch market.

For more details about the Gaming in Holland Awards 2019, please contact awards@gaminginholland.com.

The awards dinner is an integral part of the 2019 Gaming in Holland Conference. All conference attendees are welcome.

New conference venue

Please note: in order to accommodate the large number of registrations, we have changed the venue of this year’s conference from the Johan Cruyff Arena to De Koepelkerk.

Even so, the the number of remaining tickets is limited. Don’t miss this year’s edition of the GiH Conference and register today!

 

Responsible Gambling and AI – a Quick-Fix Solution?

In order to be effective in detecting early signs of problem gambling, AI must be supported by the knowledge and experience of responsible gambling experts, says Kim Mouridsen, Professor at Aarhus University and founder of Mindway AI.

Too often, AI is simply used to search for patterns, rather than to develop a search target that is truly prognostic of pathological gambling. If the AI’s algorithms receive no directed input (or “training”) informed by responsible gambling expertise, “what you get is a fancy way of organizing data and that’s it.”

While AI can be successful in identifying (future) problem gamblers, it takes expert knowledge on what characterizes problem gamblers for AI to be an effective tool. “The algorithm is only as intelligent as the brains behind it,” Mouridsen concludes.

Read more here.

Kim Mouridsen will also speak at the upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference.

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • 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.
  • Registration for this year’s Gaming in Holland Conference, taking place 5 – 6 June, 2019 in Amsterdam, is now open! Among this edition’s keynote speakers are Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman René Jansen, Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart, and – last but not least – investigative journalist, academic, and match-fixing expert Declan Hill.
  • 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.
  • Trade association VAN Kansspelen organizes a large number of member activities throughout the year. Check out their agenda here.

 

Betsson Announces Rebranding of Kroon and Oranje Casino

Swedish operator Betsson has announced it will rebrand its Netherlands-facing subsidiaries Kroon Casino and Oranje Casino.

Kroon Casino will become “Casino Winner,” while Oranje Casino will rebrand as “Loyal Casino.”

As of today, visitors of the krooncasino.com domain are automatically redirected to casinowinner.com. However, at the time of writing, such a redirect has not yet been applied to the oranjecasino.com domain.

The rebranding of Kroon Casino and Oranje Casino is the result of a motion adopted by the Dutch Senate, stating that online operators who actively targeted the Dutch market in the past (for instance by making use of a Dutch domain name) will be subject to a two-year “cooling off” period during which they will not be eligible for a remote license.

Last year, the Netherlands Gambling Authority issued a €300k fine to Betsson’s Netherlands-facing subsidiary Corona, operator of the Oranje and Kroon online casino brands, for offering online gaming to customers in the country without a license.

 

Other News

Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker has responded to parliamentary questions on illegal betting terminals tabled by MP Stieneke van der Graaf (CU).

 

Dekker also responded to parliamentary questions on loot boxes in video games tabled by MP Michiel van Nispen (SP).

 

Local arcade hall operators have launched no less than five separate legal challenges against the municipality of Heerlen.

 

Law firm Kalff Katz & Franssenis looking to hire two trainee lawyers for its gaming practice.

 

Sweden’s newly-regulated iGaming market has generated total turnover of SEK3.29bn (€313.8m) in the first quarter of the year, with former horse racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) dominating the channel.

 

However, Swedish online gambling trade association BOS has reported Svenska Spel and ATG to the Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) over alleged violation of Swedish competition practices.

 

On Tuesday, Sweden’s Spelinspektionen regulatory body announced that it had imposed a SEK3m financial penalty on AG Communications Ltd, a subsidiary of Aspire Global, for allowing self-excluded gamblers to access gambling products via its 13 Swedish-licensed sites.

 

Kindred Group reported a 36% fall in Q1 EBITDA due to “significant short-term margin pressure” in Sweden’s re-regulated market.

 

Gambling operators who advertise on pirated TV streams are viewed as a major obstacle in the European Commission’s fight to protect intellectual property rights (IPR).

 

A new study has identified seven types of sports-betting personalities.

 

French gaming operator La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has set out plans to ramp up corporate social responsiblity (CSR) efforts as part of a wider effort to clamp down on issues such as problem gambling, underage players and fraud.

 

The UK Gambling Commission has published its 2019-20 Business Plan.

 

Kambi has reported a 28% year-on-year jump in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, with revenues topping €21m.

 

Kambi also extended its contract to provide sportsbook and managed services to Bulgarian lottery brand JSC 7777.bg. The contract also includes a provision for Kambi to supply the Moldovan National Lottery with online and retail sportsbook, with the operator expected to enter Moldova in the summer.

 

Sportradar and SportsGrid have announced an exclusive partnership to launch the first free, 24-hour TV network dedicated to the sports betting audience.

 

SciPlay, the social gaming subsidiary of Scientific Games, has set out details of an initial public offering (IPO) of its Class A common stock with the aim of raising up to $352m (€313m).

 

Scientific Games will partner with Wynn Resorts to launch digital sports betting and online gaming applications in the US.