KSA Chairman to Deliver Presentation “Looking forward to KOA” at GiH Conference

René Jansen, Chairman of the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA), will deliver a presentation at the upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference, titled “Looking forward to KOA.”

Mr Jansen will address the topics of licensing criteria, operator reliability, and the regulator’s preparations for a successful implementation of the Dutch Remote Gaming Act (KOA).

Don’t forget: the Gaming in Holland Conference will kick off in less than two weeks. Time to register is starting to run out. Don’t wait: register today if you want to stay informed on the latest developments – regulatory and otherwise – in the future Dutch online market.

The full conference agenda is available here.


Charity Auction Offers Industry the Opportunity to Shine

The Gaming in Holland Awards, 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. The gala awards dinner includes a charity auction, the proceeds of which will benefit Fonds Gehandicaptensport, a charitable fund for handicapped sports.

Several sponsors have kindly pledged to donate highly sought-after items or services to be auctioned off, such as an aerobatic flight (Leaseweb), a free billboard campaign (JC Decaux), and tickets to a Chelsea FC football match (Genting).

Other contributions are, of course, still very welcome. The charity auction is an excellent opportunity to create goodwill and to demonstrate to a wider audience the social involvement of both the industry and individual firms. For more information, contact Willem van Oort.


Upcoming Events

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

  • 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.
  • The Trimbos Instituut, a Dutch non-profit research and knowledge center for mental health and addiction, will organize an afternoon session on online gambling on August 22 in Hilversum.
  • The IMGL Autumn 2019 Conference takes place September 11–13 in Munich.
  • 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.


Dutch Government Calls off Holland Casino Privatization

After a majority of Dutch Senators indicated in February that they would not support the privatization of Holland Casino as currently envisioned, Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection has now decided to withdraw the Casino Reform Bill.

Under the proposals, ten of the monopoly’s fourteen casinos, which would retain the Holland Casino brand, would have been sold off to a single buyer. The remaining four venues would have been sold separately, while two new licenses would have been created for additional facilities.

Although the Casino Reform Bill comfortably passed the Lower House in January 2017, the Senate was considerably more critical of the government’s proposals. An additional complication was that Senators were visibly reluctant to get rid of the land-based casino monopoly simultaneously with a major liberalization of the online market.

As online reform was seen as far more pressing, a new consensus appeared to emerge that a fundamental reorganization of the land-based casino market would not be considered until the effects of the introduction of an open licensing system on the online market would become clear.

“The next few years, we will focus on the modernization and transformation of our existing enterprise,” said Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart, adding that privatization would remain a viable option if a future government would so decide.

Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart will give an update on the state-owned operator’s strategy at the upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference. Register today!


Other News

Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands scored the highest ratings in the Digital Economy & Society Index 2018 and are among the global leaders in digitization.


Holland Casino is looking to hire several managers for its online casino division.


The Netherlands Gambling Authority is looking to hire an in-house Administrative Law Lawyer and Senior Enforcement Inspector.


Janshen-Hahnraths Group is looking to hire an HR Manager.


The Council of Europe has confirmed that the mandate of the “Macolin Convention” on the manipulation of sports will be enforced from 1 September 2019.


ESSA Sports Betting Integrity supports the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions but cautions over illegal betting definition hurdles.


Betway and Mandalorian Technologies have been issued with fines totalling SEK14m by the Swedish Gambling Authority for allegedly offering Swedish customers bonuses in violation of Swedish law.


LetsBet, the online casino started in 2017 by former LeoVegas and NetEnt execs, is winding down after investors are spooked by the struggles of similar operators in the Swedish market following re-regulation.


Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden has established a new whistleblower scheme allowing employees of gambling operators to report evidence or suspicions of wrongdoing in relation to money laundering laws.


Denmark’s regulated gambling market was a clear case of online improvements and land-based declines in the first quarter of 2019, according to figures released by Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden.


Four UK gambling businesses are to pay a total of £4.5m in penalty packages as part of the UK Gambling Commission’s ongoing investigation into the online casino sector.


Seven in ten gamblers think UK bookmakers aren’t seriousabout helping people gamble responsibly, a new poll shows.


Spain’s Acting Ombudsman, Francisco Fernández Marugán, has called for a national gambling advertising ban.


The parliament of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has approved the reintroduction of its liberalized regulatory framework for online gaming, which will be in effect until June 30, 2021.


Voting at Paddy Power Betfair’s annual general meeting, shareholders favored the company’s rebrandingt o Flutter Entertainment.


France’s online gambling market experienced year-on-year growth in the first quarter, primarily due to a 52% increase in revenue within the sports betting sector.


Licensed online gambling operators that are active in the Italian market may need to move some of their promotional activities offline in order to find new customers, gaming lawyer Gulio Coraggio claims.


The Irish Government has confirmed it wants to have the new independent gambling regulatory entity up and running by the end of 2019.


Playtech has launched a new partnership with RETAbet, a leading sports betting operator in Spain, to offer an exclusive casino platform and its live casino suite to RETAbet customers.


Finnish gaming monopoly Veikkaus has reported marginal year-on-year increasesin both gaming revenue and profit for the first quarter, with growth driven by a strong performance from its lottery vertical.


Three-time Formula-1 World Champion and Novomatic brand ambassador, Niki Lauda, has passed away at the age of 70.