Playtech’s Chief Policy Officer to Speak at GiH Breakfast Briefing

Francesco Rodano, Chief Policy Officer at Playtech and former Head of Remote Gaming at the Italian gambling regulatory authority, will speak at the upcoming Gaming in Holland Breakfast Briefing on December 17 in Amsterdam.

Mr Rodano will discuss, among other things, the steps that the industry can and should take with regard to responsible gaming and sustainability to prevent a reputational backlash in newly regulated markets.

Other speakers at the GiH Breakfast Briefing are:

  • René Jansen, Chairman of the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA)
  • Peter-Paul de Goeij, Director of online trade association Speel Verantwoord
  • Justin Franssen, Managing Partner at Kalff Katz & Franssen
  • Frits Huffnagel, Chairman of VAN Kansspelen

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jörg Hofmann, Senior Partner at Melchers. Dr. Hofmann has been widely recognized by his peers as the foremost German gaming lawyer.

RegTech Workshop

The Breakfast Briefing will be followed by a workshop on technological innovations to facilitate regulatory compliance.

The RegTech workshop will feature sessions on player risk assessment through self-testing – as mandated by the Remote Gaming Act’s secondary legislation – as well as comprehensive and effective ID verification, which will be included in the Netherlands Gambling Authority’s prioritization criteria from January 1 onward.

The entire workshop will last ca. 75 minutes.

It is not necessary to sign up separately for the RegTech Workshop.


There are only a few seats still available, which have been reserved for (prospective) operators who are considering to apply for a Dutch remote license.

If you are an operator and wish to register for the GiH Breakfast Briefing, please send an email to


Danish Gov’t to Increase Gambling Tax from 20% to 28%

The Danish Government has announced plans to increase the country’s online gambling tax by eight percentage points from 20% to 28% of GGR.

The new rate will be implemented from January 1, 2021, representing a 40% rise in tax obligations for Danish-licensed operators.

Despite the planned increase, the online gambling tax will still be lower than that attributed to land-based gambling operations. Danish land-based casinos are subject to a 45% tax of GGR, while gaming machines are taxed at 41%.

According to the Danish government, the tax hike will help to better regulate the market, as well as providing additional funding for problem gambling prevention and treatment.


Upcoming Events

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

  • On 19 December, the Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will organize a one-day conference titled Supervision, inspection, and enforcement with regard to gambling in the Netherlands. Speakers include Bernadette van Buchem (Netherlands Gambling Authority), Steven Hu (AFM), Willibrord van Beek (Goede doelen platform), and Tjeerd Veenstra.
  • 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.


Netherlands Gambling Authority and AGOG Conduct Problem Gambling Survey

The Netherlands Gambling Authority and Gamblers Anonymous (AGOG) have jointly conducted a survey on problem gambling behavior among the self-help group’s members.

All AGOG members were invited to participate in the online survey, but only 39% returned a completed questionnaire. As a consequence, the survey results may not be representative of the entire AGOG membership.

The survey found that most (93%) AGOG members are men and that half of the group’s membership holds a degree at university or higher professional education level.

Most (67%) of the respondents played gambling machines. Almost half of the respondents spent more than €1000 per month on gambling.

The full study is available here.


Other News

Gambling consultancy firm Regulus Partners expects the regulated Dutch online market to offer a combination of opportunity and strict regulation.


Nederlandse Loterij launched a campaign to remind its customers that lottery tickets are not suitable as holiday gifts to minors.


Kevin Paqué has won the main event of the 28th Master Classics of Poker at Holland Casino Amsterdam.


Holland Casino is looking to hire a Marketeer VIP Events.


The gross gambling yield of the British gambling industry declined 0.3% year-on-year to £14.36bn (€16.86bn) in the year ending 31 March 2019, as remote gambling revenue fell 0.6% to £5.3bn despite higher stakes, according to new figures from the UK Gambling Commission.


Meanwhile, the gambling industry in Spain generated €7.77bn in gross gaming revenue (GGR) in 2018 with the online sector bringing in €812.0m, according to new figures published by the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ).


Spain’s gross gaming revenue (GGR) was €191.7m for Q3 2019, a rise of 5% year-on-year, and an increase of 7% from Q2.


Problem gambling behavior can be predicted and operators could use machine learning to suggest RG tools to players, a new research paper by Michael Auer and Mark Griffiths shows.


Svenska Spel CEO Patrik Hofbauer has called for a ban on lottery betting firms in Sweden, claiming they are damaging public funding from lotteries.


Lottery and gaming solutions provider Intralot has once again reported a year-on-year decline in quarterly revenue, with the total for the three months to 30 September falling 5.4%.


Peter Hannibal, chief executive of UK industry organization the Gambling Business Group (GBG), has called on the market to begin preparations for what he said is now an “inevitable” overhaul of national legislation.


The European Casino Association has lauded the results of its first communication campaign as having succeeded in promoting a more positive image of the licensed land-based casino industry.


William Hill has warned its affiliate partners against promoting unlicensed US operators alongside its own marketing materials.


BetConstruct has secured approval from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) to supply Live Casino games to MGA licensed operators and B2C customers.


Kiron Interactive has become the first provider to launch virtual sports games in the Spanish market after it entered into a partnership with online gambling operator Wanabet.


Marathonbet has secured a new partnership with Spanish football club Real Madrid.


Phillippine finance secretary Carlos Dominguez has said his country’s government will continue to crack down on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and their providers for tax evasion.