Save the Date: 5th Annual Gaming in Holland Conference, June 7-8, 2016, Amsterdam

At long last, the Dutch remote gaming bill is moving forward. New lottery regulation is next. State-owned Holland Casino is set to be sold in 2017.

The fifth edition of the annual Gaming in Holland Conference promises to be the biggest and most important yet. We will be looking ahead to a newly liberalized Dutch gaming market. We will discuss secondary legislation and business opportunities. Our speakers will include CEO’s, regulators, and prominent industry insiders.

This year’s Gaming in Holland Conference will be held June 7-8, 2016. Our conference will be co-hosted with the iGaming Supershow at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Center in Amsterdam.

Stay tuned for more!


Playtech Sets Sights on The Netherlands

CEO Mor Weizer of gaming software developer Playtech told reporters during his company’s 2015 earnings conference call that he has set his sights on expansion in soon to be regulated sports betting markets, including the Netherlands:

“[T]here are many countries in the process of legislating sports over the coming years, including Portugal, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden. Sports remains an untapped   market for Playtech and a key element of our omni-channel offering.

The current status of regulation across Europe and elsewhere and the coming regulations in others, obviously provides a huge opportunity for Playtech and we are already in discussions with operators in every one of these jurisdictions.”

Playtech already signed a deal with Holland Casino to develop its online casino back in December 2013. Could there be other (sports betting) operators Playtech is talking to?


Members Sue Class Action Claimant “Loterijverlies”

As we’ve reported earlier, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands found in 2015 that the Dutch State Lottery in the past structurally misrepresented the odds of winning by having large numbers of unsold tickets participating in their draws, leading to a €300 million class action claim by Stichting Loterijverlies on behalf of its 194,000 members.

Following reports that Loterijverlies founder Ferdy Roet has been using the contributions of claimants for private gain rather than pursuing legal action, several claimants have now decided to sue Roet and his foundation, demanding the return of their deposits and the removal of Roet from his position.


Netherlands Gaming Authority Releases Study on Problem Gambling

The Netherlands Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit) released a study on the prevention of problem gambling. The study found that there are no clear, single causes that lead to gambling addiction: “Problem gambling should be understood to arise from a complex interaction between game, player and player environment.”

In related news, the Netherlands Gaming Authority started a public education campaign against illegal online sports betting in bars and pubs on YouTube.


Strong Growth in Danish Betting and Online Casino; Spanish Operators Boosted Q4 Marketing Spending

Figures released by Danish regulator Spillemyndigheden show a sharp rise in betting and online casino gaming in 2015, causing an overall 7.7% growth across all verticals.

The GGR for online casino grew nearly 25% year on year during Q4, the fourth consecutive quarter where GGR was more than 20% higher than the corresponding quarters in 2014.

GGR for betting in the quarter increased more than 30% year on year, significantly higher than the three first quarters of 2015 where the growth rate was 5-10 percent.

Meanwhile, Spanish online operators significantly increased marketing spending in Q4 of 2015, up 29,4% compared to the previous quarter and 15.6% compared to same quarter of the previous year.

H2 Gambling Capital and iGaming Business also released their monthly overview of the iGaming sector in numbers, detailing the evolution of the iGaming sector from 2003 with projections up to 2020.


Other News


The Dutch Anti-Doping Authority is suffering financially on account of declining De Lotto sports lottery revenues.


Donald Trump appears to be eyeing both Washington DC and Las Vegas.


Unibet is looking to introduce voice-controlled gaming.


Online and mobile casino LeoVegas is reportedly preparing a stock market launch.


Novomatic and Sazka Group, who represents Czech investment groups KKCG and EMMA Capital,  are set to take over Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries.