“Dutch Remote Gaming Bill into Effect on July 1, 2017 at the Earliest”

VAN, the trade organization of Dutch slot machine operators, reported in its latest newsletter that  the long-awaited remote gaming bill could come into effect on July 1, 2017 at the earliest:

“The planning of the proposed legislation is such that the remote gaming bill will be discussed by the Lower House in March or April of this year. This means that the Senate will discuss the bill sometime after summer recess. If enacted, the new law will therefore be published at the earliest on January 1, 2017 and will then go into effect on July 1, 2017. Next, it depends on the Gaming Authority as to when the first remote gaming licenses will be issued.”


Illegal Sports Betting Terminals Connected to Organized Crime

The Netherlands Gaming Authority reported today that operators of illegal sports betting terminals, many of whom are of Turkish descent, are usually connected to other forms of (organized) crime. Illegal sports betting terminals generate an estimated annual turnover of €37 million.

The Netherlands Gaming Authority thus recommends the establishment of a combined team, consisting of police officers, detectives of the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Department, tax administration staff and investigators of the Gaming Authority, specifically for investigating illegal gambling.


Matchfixing Allegations Rock World of Tennis

An in-depth investigatory report published on Sunday by BBC and BuzzFeed News outlined allegations of systematic and pervasive matchfixing practices in professional tennis.

Shockingly, world tennis authorities, despite repeated warnings, appear to have failed to take meaningful action:

“Betfair and other bookmakers had been warning the ATP of the threat of gambling corruption in tennis for several years before the situation came to a head in Sopot. “This was something that we had been watching build,” recalled Betfair’s co-founder Mark Davies.           […]

Bookmakers have told BuzzFeed News that, in many cases, when they tried to warn the Tennis Integrity Unit about suspicious matches they got no response.”

Mark Davies, who also spoke at last year’s Gaming in Holland Conference, reiterated in a separate piece that the real scandal may have been the inaction of tennis authorities:

“[W]hat should have been all across our news channels as a result of the BBC/Buzzfeed   investigation […], is not that tennis is at risk from fixers: it is that the governing body of the sport may have been complicit in corruption by failing to act on repeated evidence of wrong- doing.”


Unibet Offers Free Site Blocking Software to Problem Gamblers

Unibet has partnered with anti-gambling software company Betfilter to offer problem gamblers free access to its gambling website blocking product, EGR Magazine reports.

“Unibet takes a proactive approach to identifying the signs of problem gambling, through our unique proprietary systems, but our customers also need support in refraining from gambling when needed,” Maris Bonello, integrity analytics manager of Unibet, said.

“That is why we are offering this software free to our customers.”


2016 Euromat Gaming Summit to Take Place on May 26, 2016 in Barcelona

The 2016 Euromat Gaming Summit, the only industry event dedicated to the land-based sector, will take place on May 26, 2016 in Barcelona.

Delegates will get a chance to hear about the latest commercial trends, challenges and opportunities from industry leaders.

For the first time, the Summit program includes a panel session of regulators including Harrie Temmink, the European Commission’s lead policy official for gaming, as well as regulators from several major European markets including Carlos Hernandez Rivera from Spain and Peter Naessens from Belgium.

Click here to register or here to check out the full Summit program.


Other News

There are rumors that the game of craps may come to Holland Casino.


The Dutch State Lottery is planning to crack down on underage players.


French gambling group Française des Jeux is planning to invest €100 million over the next few years in order to modernize its game offering.


German-facing online casino DrückGlück.de has launched a €9 million advertising campaign.


The Isle of Man’s booming iGaming sector is set to grow even more this year.


Bet365, after losing its local license, is accusing Roman authorities of foul play.


Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn is reportedly planning to launch a mobile sports betting app.


The record $1.6 billion US Powerball jackpot appears to have also captured the imagination of mobile punters.