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Holland Casino Posts 12% Increase in H1 Revenue

Holland Casino posted a 12% revenue increase in H1 2019 compared to the same period in the previous year.

Partly due to the (re)opening of the Holland Casino branches in Amsterdam-West and Groningen, the number of visitors grew 9%, while average spend per visit increased a more modest 3% year-on-year.

After-tax profits were up 13% to €32.5m.

“This upward trend is also due to our long-term strategy “Holland Casino 2020” that was conceived to make our company future-proof as we prepare for more challenging competitive conditions,” said the state-owned operator’s CEO Erwin van Lambaart.

“By making significant investments in high-quality hospitality and guest experiences, new food & beverage formulas, and innovative game concepts, we remain in control of our own future.”

Reminder: Registration for “Women and Gambling Addiction” Mini Event Now Open!

In most western countries, overall problem gambling rates have remained flat or fell slightly over the past few years. However, the number of women with severe gambling problems appears to be sharply on the rise.

In order to raise awareness of this growing problem and to indicate the way forward on possible solutions, Holland Casino, Gaming in Holland, and EASG will jointly organize a mini conference on the topic of women and gambling addiction.

When & Where

September 25, 2019, at 14:00.

The event will take place at Holland Casino Amsterdam West – Sloterdijk.

Speakers

  • Liz Karter, the UK’s leading therapist in gambling addiction in women
  • Janny Wierda, Director of Security at Holland Casino
  • Pieter Remmers, responsible gaming expert and CEO of Assissa Consultancy Europe

Registration

Registration for the event is required. To reserve your place, please send an email before September 18 to eneijndorff@hollandcasino.nl.

Upcoming Events

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

  • 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. Members of the Gaming in Holland community can get an exclusive 25% discount on access to this year’s Betting on Sports conference & exhibition by entering the code HOLLAND25 during registration.
  • 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.
  • Attend Reputation matters: the gambling sector in the spotlight on 7 November, 2019 in London to learn more about the key issues and challenges surrounding the public perception of the gambling industry. Kenny Alexander, CEO of GVC, will deliver the opening keynote.
  • Save the Date! VAN Kansspelen is organizing a general product exhibition on November 20, 2019 in Hotel van der Valk in Tiel. More information is available here.
  • World Regulatory Briefing now offers a series of free webinars on topics related to responsible gaming.

Underage Gambling “Widespread” in the Netherlands

Around five percent of high school students (occasionally) gamble online, according to Dutch national broadcaster NOS, as there are currently no real protections against players lying about their age during the sign-up process.

However, when underage players try to cash out, they often find their accounts being blocked.

Underage players were able to sign up with both licensed (Toto) and unlicensed operators (e.g. Unibet), the broadcaster found. Asked for comment, both Toto and Unibet said that the deposits of underage players who are found out would be returned to their parents.

The Remote Gaming Act, which is expected to come into force on July 1, 2020, will make it much harder for underage players to sign up with licensed online gambling operators.

The Netherlands Gambling Authority received warnings as early as 2016 that underage players could easily gamble online, but as these reports were ultimately withdrawn, other issues were given a higher priority, the regulator said in response to the coverage of NOS.

The regulator also said that it would reengage with the issue of gambling by minors. “Every child that gambles, is one too many,” the Gambling Authority added.

On Tuesday, the Gambling Authority furthermore noted, as part of a general clarification of operators’ reporting requirements, that instances of minors participating in games of chance should always be reported to the regulator.

Other News

A Dutch court has decided that the city of Rotterdam is not allowed to close dozens of businesses that hosted illegal betting terminals prior to their appeals being heard.

A report on the Swedish Gaming Authority’s (Spelinspektionen) enforcement efforts in the country’s iGaming market has concluded that many licensees are simply “unaccustomed” to its regulatory approach.

The UK’s national self-exclusion scheme GamStop is not ready for mandatory integration with operators despite media reports to the contrary, the UK Gambling Commission has said.

The Malta Gaming Authority has announced the creation of a new Sports Integrity Unit as part of an initiative to increase focus and resources towards the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions.

The Malta Gaming Authority also announced several new advertising standards in the areas of responsible gambling, player protection and sponsorships.

The Malta Gaming Authority has cancelled PokerGrant’s license after ruling that the operator breached rules regarding regulatory payments and data provisions.

State-owned lottery operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) will be privatized during the remaining months of 2019, the French finance minister has confirmed.

The state of Nordrhein-Westfalen claims criticism of the third amended State Treaty on Gambling by the European Commission will not lead to any major changes to the wording of the legislation.

Bet365, Parimatch and Unibet are among the first firms to have their websites blocked by Swiss authorities following the regulation of the country’s online market.

Online gambling operator Bet365 will reduce its Gibraltar staff count by 80% following its decision to shift its non-UK business to Malta.

ComeOn has withdrawn from the UK market, citing the “highly competitive” nature of the sector and the declining “symbolic value” of a UK license.

Intralot suffered revenue declines across all business verticals in H1 2019.

English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur has ended its partnership with 1xBet amid rumors about the betting and gaming operator’s conduct.

The Lithuanian online gambling market grew 42% in the first half of 2019 as H1 revenues hit €17.5m, up from €12.3m in the same period last year.