Netherlands Gambling Authority Publishes AML Guideline

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has published a new guideline outlining how operators can implement the provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Act (Wwft).

At present, only Holland Casino is subject to the Wwft. Land-based slot machine operators and lotteries are currently exempt.

In the future, online operators will also be subject to the Wwft.


How People Gamble: UKGC Commissions Behavioral Study

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has commissioned in-depth qualitative research to better understand how gambling fits into people’s lives.

The main research findings are:

  • Most people perceive their own gambling behavior as “normal” and see others as at risk of problems.
  • Gambling attitudes shift slowly but behavior shows greater variation over time. This is a result of shifting from a cold state of consideration into a hot state of play.
  • Most people aim to gamble responsibly, but can still be vulnerable to occasional hot state episodes of play.
  • Responsibility for safer gambling is felt to sit across consumers, gambling companies and Government alike.
  • Safer gambling strategies need to consider the nature of hot state play.

By releasing the results of this survey, the UKGC aims to create a conversation about how future developments in the gambling industry can deliver fairer and safer gambling.


Upcoming Events

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

  • 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.
  • Kindred’s Sustainable Gambling Conference takes place 8 October, 2019 in Copenhagen.
  • 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.
  • World Regulatory Briefing now offers a series of free webinars on topics related to responsible gaming.


Netherlands Gambling Authority Publishes Policy Rule on “Cooling-Off Period”

In February, the Dutch Senate adopted a motion stating that online operators who “actively” targeted the Dutch market in the past will be subject to a two-year cooling-off period before they will be eligible to receive a license. On July 12, the Netherlands Gambling Authority finally published a provisional policy rule outlining the specific provisions regarding this cooling-off period.

The new policy rule states that operators must not have actively targeted the Dutch market during the two years prior to the license application. For instance, if an operator applies for a remote license on August 15, 2020, said operator must not have specifically targeted the Dutch market from August 15, 2018 onward.

An operator is deemed to actively target the Dutch market if said operator:

  • offers its services through a website with a .nl extension;
  • offers its services in the Dutch language (either before or after the user logs on);
  • offers typically Dutch payment methods (specifically: iDEAL)
  • advertises in print media or during broadcasts aimed at the Dutch market;
  • offers its services through a website with a domain name that combines typically Dutch elements with gambling-related terms (e.g. “Windmill Casino”);
  • offers its services through a website containing expressions, symbols, or images that demonstrate a focus on the Dutch market.

This provisional policy rule will become part of (and will at that point be superseded by) a broader policy rule that will, among other things, require a Public Probity Act (Wet Bibob) screening.

At this point, 183 companies have officially registered their interest in obtaining an online gambling license in the Netherlands. The Netherlands Gambling Authority expects that around half of these prospective licensees will be able to meet the license conditions.


Other News

Land-based casino website has launched its own hardcopy magazine. Sign up here to receive a free copy.


Save the Date! Eurocoin Gaming is organizing an in-house product exhibition on September 10-11.


The International Betting Integrity Association (formerly ESSA) has reported 51 instances of suspicious betting activity to relevant authorities in Q2 2019.


The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the sports betting integrity body for the lottery industry, reported 64 matches to its partners in the first half of 2019 as a result of suspicious betting activity.


Kindred and Betsson have failed in a bid to join AB Trav och Galopp’s (ATG) horse racing pools, after Sweden’s Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) rejected the request.


Sweden’s gambling regulator has summoned its licensees for a meeting in September, just days after an industry group sought more clarity on the market’s gambling rules.


Global Gaming CEO Tobias Fagerlund has strongly criticized the Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen for a lack of communication and clarity in its dealings with the company around its license revocation.


Kindred Group has withdrawn its application for a Spanish license in order to focus on its core activities in the Swedish and US markets.


ComeOn has been granted a Danish license for sportsbook and casino.


A Schleswig-Holstein court has upheld a decision that Germany’s ban on online casino gaming is compatible with European Union law.


Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has reported revenues of €4.76bn for the first six months of 2019, a 2.8% year-on-year decline.


The UK Gambling Commission has imposed a £300,000 penalty package on land-based operator Casino 36 for money laundering and social responsibility failures.


English Premier League football club Liverpool has signed a multi-year partnership with 1xBet.


SBC’s flagship Betting on Sports event is to relocate to Barcelona in 2020 as part of international expansion plans across the sports betting and gaming industries. Betting on Sports 2020 will be held at Fira Barcelona on 8-11 September.


Sportsbook and systems provider SBTech has won the competitive tender to act as the lead online and retail sports betting systems provider for Veikkaus Finland.


NetEnt has pointed to “weak development” in Nordic markets and continued troubles in Sweden as major factors behind a year-on-year revenue dip of 4.1% to SEK 419m (€39.8m) in Q2 2019.


Sports betting is now legal in the US state of New Hampshire.