As we reported earlier, Peter Geertsen, the former Executive Secretary of the Netherlands Gambling Authority, is asking for donations to pay for the treatment of his son, Stephan, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). At present, Stephan is still approximately €30,000 short of the amount required for participation in a promising, new form of stem cell therapy.

Please consider donating if you can.


Nederlandse Loterij and Scientific Games Expand Partnership with Digital Sports Betting Solution

Nederlandse Loterij and Scientific Games have agreed to expand their partnership and launch a new digital sports betting solution in the Netherlands.

The expanded deal now covers the OpenBet betting engine and OpenTrade managed trading services.

Sam Deporteere, Business Director Sportsbook for Nederlandse Loterij, said, “We’re excited to offer our players a seamlessly connected online sportsbook that keeps quality and stability top-of-mind. Expanding our partnership with Scientific Games will help us gain new players and keep our existing bettors engaged.”

Keith O’Loughlin, SVP Sportsbook and Platforms, Digital for Scientific Games, said, “Our OpenSports solution is a natural fit for Nederlandse Loterij. We recognize the importance of transitioning from a sports technology provider to a full-service, end-to-end sportsbook partner. Sports betting is currently positioned at the core of global growth for the lottery and gaming industry, and we’ll be providing NLO advanced innovation to fuel their ongoing success in the Netherlands.”


Italy Proposes New Tax on Gamblers’ Winnings

In an effort to further discourage gambling, Italy’s government is proposing to impose a new, variable tax on gamblers’ winnings. The new tax starts at 12% for winnings under €500 and tops out at 23%.

Italy is also looking to curb tax evasion by retail operators through a proposed ban on cash payments for gambling services.

According to Deputy Minister for the Economy Laura Castelli, a member of the Five Star Movement (M5S) party, the government’s “virtuous” fight against gambling would continue to “move forward, not backwards.”


Upcoming Events

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

  • 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.
  • Join MGM, Google, Hard Rock, GVC, Facebook, The Stars Group, William Hill, and many more in New York City, November 5 – 6, at Sports Betting USA.
  • Attend Reputation matters: the gambling sector in the spotlight on 7 November, 2019 in London to learn more about the key issues and challenges surrounding the public perception of the gambling industry. Kenny Alexander, CEO of GVC, will deliver the opening keynote.
  • Save the Date! VAN Kansspelen is organizing a general product exhibition on November 20, 2019 in Hotel van der Valk in Tiel. More information is available here.
  • This year’s Gaming in Spain Conference, which takes place 21 – 22 November, 2019 in Madrid, will focus on sustainable advertising, as well as brand perception and popularity in the maturing Spanish iGaming market.
  • 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. The conference will be chaired by Endowed Professor of Sports and Law, Marjan Olfers.
  • World Regulatory Briefing now offers a series of free webinars on topics related to responsible gaming.


Netherlands Gambling Authority Hits LeoVegas with €750k Fine

The Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) has fined Malta-based LeoVegas and its Royal Panda subsidiary €350,000 and €400,000 respectively. Both brands have been accused of violating Dutch gambling law in the period between August 2018 and January 2019.

During its investigation, the KSA found that LeoVegas and Royal Panda had been running websites that were accessible with a Dutch IP address, while customers of both sites could use iDEAL, a payment method that requires a Dutch bank account.

Unless these fines are overturned on appeal, LeoVegas may now not apply for a Dutch remote gaming license until January 2021 at the earliest. As the licensing process will take an estimated six months, the operator will not be ready to enter the regulated Dutch market when it is expected to open on January 1, 2021.

In recent years, the Netherlands Gambling Authority has fined most of the larger internationally-licensed online operators, including PokerStars (for illegal activities in the period from July 2018 to January 2019), Kindred (August 2018 – December 2018); bwin (August 2018 – January 2019); William Hill (February 2018 – May 2018); MRG (July 2017 – November 2017); and Betsson (May 2017 – August 2017).


Other News

The Netherlands Gambling Authority is looking to hire a Senior Integrity Assessment Official.


Frank Tolboom has been appointed as a partner at Kalff Katz & Franssen. For several years, Frank has been a much appreciated member of the law firm’s Gaming practice group.


Two lucky winners took home €1,415,158 after a night out at Holland Casino Eindhoven.


The Janshen-Hahnraths Group’s 60th anniversary celebrations were a huge success.


The Malta Gaming Authority has published its guidelines in preparation of the UK’s exit from the European Union.


Because of its proposed acquisition of The Stars Group, Flutter may face demands from the British competition watchdog to sell off brands, which industry experts suggest could involve an auction of Paddy Power.


Norway’s gambling regulator Lottstift has revealed a 19% year-on-year decline in advertising spending by offshore operators over the past year, with plans in motion to stamp this out entirely.


Sports data and content supplier Sportradar has confirmed the acquisition of the award-winning sports betting and gaming omnichannel platform business Optima, with the deal effective immediately.


The UK Gambling Commission has fined Betfred £322,000 for money laundering failures.


The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has forced online casino Casumo to retract an advert that offered free spins and bonuses to people who Googled ways to bar themselves from gambling.


Greece’s proposed online gambling reforms feature a significant tax hike for operators.


Live dealer software supplier Evolution Gaming has extended its relationship with Scientific Games by adding its range of live casino solutions to the Open Gaming System (OGS) distribution network.


Facebook has marked hundreds of thousands of children as “interested in” adverts about gambling and alcohol, which could lead to them being targeted with ads that are not appropriate to show to minors, a joint investigation by the Guardian and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation has found.


Mixed martial arts promoter the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has launched its own sports betting product, UFC Event Center, in partnership with IMG Arena.