Nederlandse Loterij objects to postponement of Dutch online market opening

Nederlandse Loterij strongly opposes any further delay in the implementation of the Remote Gaming Act, the operator’s CEO Niels Onkenhout says in Dutch daily De Telegraaf.

According to Onkenhout, swift implementation of the Act is necessary to protect Dutch consumers who gamble online during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Netherlands Gambling Authority also supports a rapid implementation of the Remote Gaming Act.

Meanwhile, Holland Casino and trade association VAN Kansspelen, while not objecting to the Act coming into force as scheduled on January 1, 2021, are lobbying hard to push the opening of the online market beyond July 1, 2021. Land-based casino operators claim that the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic makes it impossible to properly prepare for the new market situation.

The Permanent Committee for Justice and Security of the Dutch Lower House will meet tomorrow to discuss what is next for the Remote Gaming Act’s secondary legislation.

Dutch land-based casino to reopen on July 1

Dutch land-based casinos and amusement arcades will be allowed to reopen on July 1, if circumstances permit.

Venues will operate at limited capacity and players will be subject to additional public health measures.

IBIA and Speel Verantwoord sign cooperation agreement on betting and integrity

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) and the Netherlands online gambling trade body Stichting Speel Verantwoord (SSV) have signed a partnership agreement providing a framework for cooperation and coordination between the two bodies.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) will see the associations work on projects aimed at promoting and establishing viable regulated betting markets with high consumer channeling and related consumer, sports and operator integrity protection measures.

Peter-Paul de Goeij, Managing Director of the SSV, said “There are a significant number of companies that are members of both associations and there is clear benefit for our two bodies from working closely in the lead up to the introduction of the remote gambling law. Whilst both associations welcome the opening of the market, the law places a number of restrictions on certain betting products on integrity grounds, which both the SSV and IBIA have questioned; there is  a general concern about the impact on consumer channelization and market viability.”

Upcoming events

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.

  • The 2020 Gaming in Holland Conference has now been scheduled on September 22, one day prior to iGB Live in the Amsterdam RAI. Combine two events with one visit!KSA chairman René Jansen will be keynote speaker at the 2020 GiH Conference. More info to follow soon!
  • 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

  • Tune in today at 17:00 CET for the IAGA best practices webinar “Gambling in the socially distant future – what will be the ‘new normal?’”

Netherlands Gambling Authority to publish CRUKS connection protocol by mid-June

Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman René Jansen announced that the regulator will reveal specific details about the connection procedure between operators’ customer databases and the Dutch national player exclusion register (CRUKS) by mid-June.

Jansen made this announcement during last week’s Gaming in Holland webinar “Complying with CRUKS: Getting ready for the Dutch national exclusion register.”

Following Jansen’s introductory speech, the panelists listed below discussed the challenges of implementing CRUKS, technical hurdles, privacy concerns, and much more.

  • Janny Wierda, Director of Security at Holland Casino
  • Frank Kastelijns, CEO of Hotel Gaming
  • David Foster, Head of Regulatory Affairs at GVC
  • Irwin Oedayrajsingh Varma, Managing Director of JanusID

The full webinar is now available here.

Other news

“Gambling will not simply disappear in the absence of a legal offering,” Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman René Jansen writes in his personal blog about the reopening of the land-based casino sector.

Nederlandse Loterij is looking to hire a brand manager.

At the request of German authorities, Visa and MasterCard have placed restrictions on the processing of payments to online casinos.

The German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen has passed a bill to facilitate the privatization of its land-based casinos, clearing the way for a tender process to select an operator for up to six venues in the state.

French land-based Casinos have now reopened.

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is expecting B2C gross gaming revenue for 2020 to fall by 12% which is even below initial forecasts as a result of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Overall, projections for the global gambling market fell a further $1bn or 0.2% to 21.9% over the last week, H2 Gambling Capital reports.

Online sports bettors did not switch to online casino games during the Covid-19 crisis, a new paper by Michael Auer, Doris Malischnig, and Mark D. Griffiths suggests.

Analyst firm H2 Gambling Capital has estimated that an 8% increase in gaming tax in Denmark would boost the offshore remote gaming rate to 24%, double the current rate of 12%.

The number of gambling companies with an Alderney license fell 38% in 2019, to 33 licensees in total.

Several UK banks report a sharp rise in punters using apps to block gambling sites.

Ladbrokes has launched a political betting market on Donald Trump tweets.