GiH webinar on Remote Gaming Act timetable: register now!

The first edition of GiH’s new webinar series will take place on Wednesday, April 29 at 15:00. Register now!

The Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security is currently expected to answer the latest batch of Parliamentary questions on the secondary legislation accompanying the Remote Gaming Act on or before April 24.

These answers will likely clarify the timetable for the practical implementation of the Remote Gaming Act. We hope to be able to shed more light on the what & when regarding the preparations prospective licensees should be undertaking soon.

Alternatively, it cannot be entirely excluded that the global Covid-19 pandemic will lead to further delays. In short, we will be soon arriving at yet another moment of truth.

Because of this, the webinar that we originally had scheduled for April 22 will now take place one week later, on April 29.

Panel

  • Justin Franssen, Head of the Gaming Practice Group at Kalff Katz & Franssen
  • Bert Bakker, former MP and Partner at Meines Holla & Partners
  • Peter-Paul de Goeij, Managing Director of online trade association Speel Verantwoord

Register now!

GiH webinar series characteristics

  • English language
  • Every month
  • 45 minutes
  • Expert panels
  • True audience engagement

For more information, please contact Willem van Oort: willem@vanoort.com.

 

Netherlands Gambling Authority publishes information on CRUKS national exclusion register

Due to the cancellation of a series of scheduled public information meetings on the Dutch national exclusion register CRUKS, the Netherlands Gambling Authority has now published relevant information on the register on its website.

The provided information is primarily aimed at land-based operators.

According to the current timetable, land-based operators will have to implement CRUKS on January 1, 2021 – six months prior to the projected opening of the regulated online gambling market.

 

Global gambling sector still taking hits

According to estimates provided by H2 Gambling Capital, global gambling gross win totals for the year 2020 are now expected to be 15.6% lower than originally projected.

Instead of the pre-pandemic projection of $473.5bn in global gambling gross win totals, the sector is now expected to realize $399.6bn in 2020 – essentially setting the industry back to 2013 levels.

While the projected downgrade in Europe is slightly lower (13.6%) than the global average, certain European markets – such as Italy and Spain – are almost certainly being hit much harder than others.

 

Upcoming events & webinars

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

Events

Due to current events, most events that were to take place before the summer have been postponed.

However, the following events are still on track to take place later in the year.

  • EASG 2020, the 13th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues, will take place in Oslo from 8 – 11 September. This year’s edition will focus on international differences in regulations and operations, as well as different approaches toward prevention, and treatment.
  • Betting on Sports America, the largest dedicated sports betting trade show in the world, returns to Meadowlands, New Jersey from 1 – 3 December.
  • The World Gaming Executive Summit will return to Barcelona from 7 – 9 December. Key themes on the agenda include AI, the future of land-based gaming, CSR, sustainable marketing, regulation updates, fantasy sports, and emerging marketing opportunities.

Webinars & virtual events

  • On April 16, the EGR Weekly Virtual Series continues with “Business contingency and response: Industry response / Responsible gambling.”
  • On April 23, CDC Gaming Seminars will present the webinar “Understanding AI (Artificial Intelligence) and the Best Ways to Use It at Your Casino.”

 

Holland Casino reports revenue and profit growth in 2019

Holland Casino’s revenue and profit both grew in 2019. Gross revenues totaled €728.9m, up 11% compared to the previous year, while pre-tax profits increased to €89.6m (up 8.3%).

The number of unique visitors (1.2m) and total visits (6.2m) increased with 9.8% and 8.3%, respectively.

2019 was also the first full year that Holland Casino’s newest branch in Amsterdam-West and its temporary replacement branch in the city of Groningen (after the original location was destroyed by a fire in 2017) contributed fully to the company’s annual results.

Despite the strong results, the state-owned operator agreed with the Dutch Ministry of Finance to suspend dividend paymentsdue to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

All Holland Casino branches are currently closed and will remain so until at least April 28.

 

Other news

Nederlandse Loterij is looking to hire a Business Manager.

Belgium’s online gambling operators are mulling a legal challenge of the country’s new €500 weekly deposit limit.

The French Competition Authority has imposed a €900k fine on Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU) for having infringed the competition rules by not separating its online and in-person betting services.

The UK’s ban on credit card-funded gambling has come into effect.

Scientific Games expects to cut more than $100m in quarterly costs as part of its cost-saving measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Other suppliers, including Playtech and Kambi, are also cutting costs by temporarily reducing salaries.

Lottery betting operator Lottoland has launched a new online lotto game based on hit television game show “Deal or No Deal.”