Gaming in Holland Breakfast Briefing Focuses on Long-Term Sustainability

Yesterday morning, visitors from across Europe gathered in Amsterdam to join us at a well-attended GiH Breakfast Briefing.

Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman René Jansen, Playtech’s Chief Policy Officer Francesco Rodano, as well as local experts discussed the regulatory framework of the Dutch Remote Gaming Act, which is expected to come into force on January 1, 2021.

To get an idea of what happened, check out this video impression or take a look at our photostream.

Netherlands Gambling Authority Warns Remote License Applicants

In his keynote speech, Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman René Jansen warned prospective Netherlands-facing operators that it would not accept situations that merely “look good on paper.”

“We will be assessing your actual policies and making sure they are implemented in practice,” Jansen added.

Dutch Regulation Offers “Fantastic Chance” to Create Sustainable Market

Playtech’s Chief Policy Officer and former Head of Remote Gaming at the Italian gambling regulatory authority, Francesco Rodano warned that proactive responsible gambling measures would be necessary to prevent a public backlash against newly-regulated gambling markets.

Rodano added, however, that the Dutch regulation as currently proposed offered a “fantastic chance” to create a responsible and sustainable market from the start.

Netherlands Country Report

As part of the proceedings, GamblingCompliance shared its Netherlands Country Report and An Overview of the Dutch Online Gambling Act with the GiH Breakfast Briefing attendees.

Both of these reports can be downloaded for free here.

RegTech Workshop

During the RegTech workshop, Martijn de Boer (CDDN), Irwin Oedayrajsingh Varma (JanusID), and Warren Russell (W2) discussed customer ID solutions for the Dutch market.

Danish responsible gambling outfit Mindway AI presented its “Gamification” self-test, which analyzes actual playing behavior rather than completed questionnaires. In the future, Dutch-licensed operators will be obligated to offer self-assessment tools to their customers.

For more information on this “gamified” self-test, please contact Mindway AI founder Svend Aage Kirk.


Unibet Drops Appeal against Netherlands Gambling Authority Fine

Kindred subsidiary Unibet has withdrawn its appeal against the €470,000 fine that was issued by the Netherlands Gambling Authority in August 2019.

Speaking to EGR, Kindred public affairs manager for the Netherlands Eric Konings said the firm had withdrawn its appeal and paid its fine because it was looking forward “positively to the regulation of remote gaming in the Netherlands.”

“We have always been supportive of the Remote Gaming Act and the policy objectives of consumer protection, fraud and addiction prevention and remain supportive of this,” Konings added.


Upcoming Events

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

  • The Hospitality Summit, which takes place on 4 – 6 February, 2020 in London, is a brand new conference dedicated to hospitality tailored for gaming.
  • GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2020, which celebrate excellence in compliance and responsible gambling initiatives, will be awarded on 22 April, 2020 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London.
  • The World Gaming Executive Summit will return to Barcelona from 30 June – 2 July,  2020. Key themes on the agenda include AI, the future of land-based gaming, CSR, sustainable marketing, regulation updates, fantasy sports, and emerging marketing opportunities.


Dutch Lower House Adopts Motion Banning Pre-Watershed Gambling Advertising

On Tuesday, the Dutch Lower House adopted a motion calling for a ban on broadcasted gambling ads between 06:00 and 21:00. Lottery advertising and simple mentions of sponsorships during broadcasts will be exempt from this rule.

The Lower House also adopted an amended motion calling on the government to investigate (rather than “determine” as in the original version) how the additional funds created by legalizing sports betting could be used to support sports and sports integrity measures.

This motion could conceivably lead to additional costs for licensed sports betting operators in the future.

Another motion, originally intended to give sports associations a veto over which of their sporting events operators could offer bets on, has been amended and will be voted on this Thursday.

The amended motion will likely give sports associations a strengthened right of consultation, with the Netherlands Gambling Authority having a final say over which bets would be permitted.

Similarly, a motion requesting that no role models and influencers under 25 are allowed to be featured in gambling advertising has been temporarily withdrawn and may – after being amended – also receive a vote on Thursday.

As expected, the Lower House roundly rejected motions calling for a higher minimum age at which people are allowed to gamble, as well as an investigation into a total gambling advertising ban.

Read our full coverage here.


Other News

The successful “Koning Toto” advertising campaign of Dutch sports betting monopolist De Toto,  which significantly increased the brand’s popularity among 18-34s, has led to widespread criticism and even condemnation. On Sunday, popular comedian Arjen Lubach took aim at the operator. Radio show Nieuws BV also addressed this issue.


Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart has been reappointed for a second four-year term. Dutch daily De Telegraaf interviewed Van Lambaart on the state-owned operator’s plans to enter the regulated Dutch online market.


Illegal operators in Sweden will be targeted using a criterion similar to that of the Dutch prioritization criteria, the Swedish Gambling Authority (Spelinspektionen) has confirmed.


The Swedish Gaming Authority has launched a nationwide campaign intended to increase awareness of the regulations on gambling in the country.


Europe’s online gambling market grew 11% – from €20 billion gross gaming revenue (GGR) in 2017 to €22.2 billion GGR in 2018 – according to market data published by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).


The Minister for the Interior in the German state of Hesse has claimed no operator has filed an application for a federal sports betting license, warning that companies will face immediate action if they continue to operate without certification.


Norway’s gambling regulator Lotteritilsynet has confirmed that amendments to the country’s ban on payments to unlicensed operators will come into effect on 1 January, 2020.


France’s Senate has passed a budget bill for 2020, including an amendment to calculate gambling tax based on gross gaming revenue (GGR) rather than turnover.


STS has obtained a license from the UK Gambling Commission, which will make it the first Polish bookmaker to operate in the UK market.


According to Bet365’s latest financial report, the operator generated revenue of £2.98bn for the twelve months ending 31 March 2019, a rise of 10% year-on-year.


Bethard has become one of the first operators in the UK to impose customized deposit limits on its customers, with the Scandinavian firm saying it wants to go “above and beyond” regulatory requirements in protecting players.