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Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart to Give Introductory Speech at “Women and Gambling Addiction” Mini Event. Register Today!

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
  • With an introduction by Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart

Registration

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

Despite Enforcement Efforts, Illegal Operators Continue to Dominate Polish Online Gambling Market

In spite of recent revisions to the Polish Gambling Act and increased enforcement efforts, the country’s online gambling market continues to be dominated by illegal operators, Poland’s Supreme Audit Office (NIK) found.

Between 2015 and 2018, Poland’s online betting market grew almost 60% to an estimated PLN7.9bn (€1.82bn). During that period, illegal wagering increased 42%, accounting for 51% of the market in 2018.

Since 2017, fourteen operators have secured sports betting licenses, but casino games and promotional lotteries have remained a monopoly of state-owned operator Totalizator Sportowy.

In order to protect Totalizator Sportowy’s monopoly, the audit office recommends more stringent control over telecommunications companies and payment providers, as players are insufficiently deterred by the risk of prosecution for making use of unlicensed operators.

Upcoming Events

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

  • 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.
  • On 15 – 16 October, KPMG’s Malta-based Learning Academy and responsible gambling outfit G4 will offer a General Awareness Training on Responsible Gambling, followed by a Responsible Gambling Training for Customer Support Professionals.
  • 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.

Minister Sander Dekker Clarifies Cooling-Off Period

Responding to written questions tabled by MP Attje Kuiken (PvdA), Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker has reiterated that operators’ applications for a remote license will be denied if they have been found to target the Dutch market at any point in the two years prior to the date of their license application.

“The Netherlands Gambling Authority will not grant a license if, in the two years prior to
the license application, the applicant has specifically targeted the Dutch online market,” Dekker wrote. “Whether an applicant has targeted the Dutch market is determined by the Netherlands Gambling Authority. An operator is deemed to have targeted the Dutch market if, for instance, said operator has used a domain with a .nl extension, has made use of the Dutch language, has made use of payment methods that are largely or exclusively used in the Netherlands, or has advertised in broadcast or print media aimed at the Dutch market.”

As the Netherlands Gambling Authority indicated earlier that it would need roughly six months to process individual license applications, operators who have been found to have targeted the Dutch online market after July 1, 2018 will likely be unable to enter the regulated online market at its projected opening date of January 1, 2021.

Other News

Merlin Technology, market leader in the Netherlands in cash payment solutions, has acquired a “substantial interest” in casino software solutions provider REAC.

A Belgian court has annulled Casinos Austria’s online license in the country for offering casino games and sports betting through a single online domain.

Hesse has repeated its threat to break away from Germany’s other fifteen federal states and develop its own regulatory framework for gambling should lawmakers fail to overhaul the country’s laws by 2021.

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reiterated its call for a unified European online gambling code.

Norway’s gambling regulator has warned newspapers that they are effectively carrying illegal gambling advertising if they include odds offered by unlicensed operators in articles.

Gambling operator Betsson has announced plans to issue a new senior unsecured bond with an expected initial minimum volume of SEK500m (€46.7m) to support its ongoing growth and expansion strategy.

Danish state-owned operator Danske Spil has revealed an 8% rise in its online revenues for the first half of 2019, with revenues rising to DKK1.06bn.

Finnish monopoly operator Veikkaus has revealed a 3.5% year-on-year drop in gross gaming revenue for the first half of 2019, with revenues falling to €844m.

A new poll found that more Finns oppose Veikkaus’ gambling monopoly than support it and that opinions are more negative towards Veikkaus than they were when a previous survey was conducted in March.

Stockholm-listed casino games developer NetEnt has agreed the first acquisition in its history, with a deal to take control of slot specialist Red Tiger Gaming worth up to £220m (€245.3m).

William Hill has promoted former Betsson CEO Ulrik Bengtsson to the role of group chief executive (CEO), replacing Philip Bowcock who is set to leave the operator after three years at the helm.

Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has announced previous COO Richard Brown has become the supplier’s Acting CEO, as Robin Reed vacates the position with immediate effect.

The UK Gambling Commission has suspended EveryMatrix’s operating license with immediate effect and instigated a review into the online gaming software supplier.

Scientific Games has announced that its Şans Girişim joint venture with Turkish conglomerate Demirören Group has launched its sports betting program in the country.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that he will not bow to pressure from China to ban online gaming in the country.

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