On Friday, the 16th Kalff Katz & Franssen/IMGL Annual Gaming Industry Event took place at the Groote Industrieele Club in Amsterdam.

We already covered the keynote speech of Netherlands Gambling Authority Chairman René Jansen, in which he called on future licensed gambling operators to show “active responsibility.”

For a brief video impression of the event, see below.

Unexpected poetics

Showing off his rhyming skills – causing much laughter among the audience – Dr Jörg Hofmann, Head of the Gaming and Betting Law Practice Group at MELCHERS Law Firm and former President of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), introduced the panelists at the event:

Thank you Justin, very kind,
will be keeping this in mind.
introducing panellists,
Lawyers, leaders, analysts

And also say „Hello“ to you,
because you are most welcome, too.
Our topic is exciting
The discussion is enlighting

„Regulation à la Dutch“
Will we like it very much?
What’s considered to be new?
Now we’re going to review

Let me tell you who is here
With me waiting for the beer
But before they get the drinks
we discuss some major things

Eric Olders, really funny,
Understands to make some money
Keeping people in the loop
With JVH gaming Group

That’s the largest company
In the arcade industry
And casino operation
Here in this domestic nation.

Then, there is another boy,
Welcome, Peter-Paul de Goij
Well known in the industry
He founded private lottery

With the “Lottovate” brand
After this was done, he went
To “Speel Verantwoord” and became
the online gambling trade’s big name.

If you look at gambling bills,
Someone with consulting skills
Will be most appreciated.
Mister Leyland dedicated

All his knowledge, as we see,
To the gaming industry
Welcome, Paul, to our panel.
It’s your Distribution channel

For your prospect from abroad.
We can’t wait to hear your thought.
His analyst experience
of 10 years really is immense.

For William Hill some time he spent
In Corporate Development
Now he is known to represent
Regulus Partners with great stand.

A real big pleasure and nothing less
to welcome Mr. Jason Chess
a Wiggin partner, with no doubt,
belonging to the precious crowd

of leading lawyers in the gaming
lawyers hall of faming.

And he, as far as I can tell,
Is based in the UK as well.
He loved to travel here today
Because it was an easy way

When you are going home again
you will of course be leaving then
Not only just the Netherlands,
But anyway –my words make sense –

You will – and that is really true –
Also be leaving the EU.
For now, We’re glad to have you here
In this fantastic atmosphere.

And now it’s time to start the session
to give you more than an impression
by going straight from fact to fact.
about the Remote Gaming Act
That shows not just intelligence
But also highest competence!

[…]

Does anyone at this event
Would like to step in and comment?

At this point, I am keen to know
How much you captured from the show.
So, did you really get the ball
And understood this overall
Or might the opposite be true
That you do still not have a clue?
Well, if the latter is the case
There might be questions you will raise.

This will now be my final rhyme
Because we’re running out of time.
If you enjoyed the panel session,
Applaus could be the right expression
Please let me thank these gentlemen
Happy to see you later then!