Registration for “Women and Gambling Addiction” Mini Event Now Open!

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

Registration

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

 

Norwegian Court Upholds Payment Blocking to Offshore iGaming Operators

The Oslo District Court has ruled that the blocking payments to offshore iGaming operators does not contravene EU law. The court also ruled that the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Agriculture and Food does have the legal authority to block the payment services.

However, the Court has yet to rule on a separate aspect of the case, which is whether the payment-blocking is consistent with the rules regarding the freedom of movement of services within the European Economic Area.

EGBA and Malta-based payment processor Entercash filed the lawsuit against the Ministry in June this year, after the Norwegian government announced plans to compel local financial institutions to block payments to and from offshore gambling operators who compete with the Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto gambling monopolies.

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • The Trimbos Instituut, a Dutch non-profit research and knowledge center for mental health and addiction, will organize an afternoon session on online gambling on August 22 in Hilversum.
  • The IMGL Autumn 2019 Conference takes place September 11–13 in Munich.
  • 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% discounton 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.
  • 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.
  • Save the Date! VAN Kansspelen is organizing a general product exhibitionon 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.

 

Netherlands Gambling Authority Fines Kindred Group

Trannel International Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kindred Group has been issued a penalty of €470,000 by the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) for accepting bets from Dutch customers.

Between August and December 2018, Kindred’s Unibet brand offered Dutch-language chat support; the iDEAL payment method (which requires a Dutch bank account); and, contrary to players from certain other countries and territories, customers from the Netherlands were not explicitly excluded from Kindred’s service offering.

Figures released by the Dutch regulator suggest that Kindred’s payment service provider (PSP) processed over 150,000 monthly iDEAL transactions in 2018 between the operator and customers in the Netherlands.

Despite the fine, Kindred remains committed to obtaining a license on online sports-betting and gaming as soon as the Dutch market opens, the company said in a press release.

However, the Netherlands Gambling Authority recently published a policy rule stating that operators must not have actively targeted the Dutch market during the two years prior to their license application, suggesting that Kindred might be forced to wait to apply until December 2020 rather than July 1, 2020.

Unsurprisingly, therefore, Kindred has decided to appeal the penalty decision.

“Kindred respects any requests from the Dutch regulator and is fully compliant with the rules set out by the Ministry of Justice and Security earlier this year,” the operator’s press release further notes.

Meanwhile, Dutch MP Attje Kuiken (PvdA) has tabled written questions seeking clarifications from the government regarding the impact of the fine on Kindred’s future application for a remote gaming license.

 

Other News

Arno Bongers, Casino Manager of Holland Casino Nijmegen, hints at a possible relocation in this interview with Meneer Casino.

 

The German state of Hesse is gearing up to begin the process to award the country’s sports betting licenses, with analysts warning that operators could see up to 70% of revenue disappear as a result of the restrictive operating model.

 

Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus ramped up its player protection controls with plans to monitor its customer rewards program to avoid encouraging excessive gambling.

 

UK-listed gambling operator GVC Holdings claimed the mantle of the UK’s second-biggest online operator after delivering its solid H1 results.

 

LeoVegas has reported an 8% year-on-year rise in Q2 revenue to €94.4m, despite a challenging period in the UK.

 

Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has revealed a 16% year-on-year fall in Q2 revenues to €31m due to the headwinds of “a tougher Swedish market.”

 

Following the suspension of its Swedish gaming license, revenue at Global Gaming fell 42% year-on-year to SEK 132.2m for Q2.

 

Aspire Global saw its Q2 revenue increase 32% year-on-year to €32.8m, with its B2B sector contributing 60% of the total.

 

Betfred has become the latest UK betting incumbent to expand its profile within Spanish football, after securing a two-season shirt sponsorship with La Liga football club RCD Mallorca.

 

Iowa has become the 11th US state to launch legal sports betting.

 

Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced it has struck a deal with fantasy sports provider and sportsbook operator FanDuel to become the league’s official gaming partner.

 

A joint venture between Italy’s Sisal and Turkish media giant Demirören Holding has secured the operating rights to Turkey’s national lottery Milli Piyango for the next ten years.