In addition to a large number of amendments, the Dutch Lower House also adopted several non-binding motions when that body voted on the remote gaming bill in early July.

State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice has now officially responded to these motions; adopting some, dismissing others. For instance:

  • license holders will be obligated to remind players of their deposit limits whenever they log on or off, or switch to a different game;
  • license holders are not allowed to advertise their live betting offerings during sporting events – except on their own websites;
  • contrary to broadcasted advertising, the Dutch government will not institute a watershed for online gambling ads;
  • the Dutch government will not prohibit gambling operators from sponsoring individual athletes.

A UK parliamentary group called for the maximum bet on fixed-odd betting terminals (FOBTs) to be reduced to £2 from £100. Following the news, several high-street bookmakers saw their share prices tumble, with William Hill losing 6%.

UK charity GambleAware, however, believes that “a stake-only reduction strategy” that ignores the role of game speed, game volatility and return-to-player ratios is “not the most effective option for minimizing gambling-related harm.”

Unibet shareholders have approved the previously announced name change of the holding company from Unibet Group plc to Kindred Group plc.

Sportech, which also holds the sole Dutch totalizator betting license, has won a £97m tax dispute with the UK’s revenue service.

Sports betting customers are interested in great offers, not particular brands. “We found that brand loyalty is painfully low among sports betters,” MarketingTech writes.

The new UK Investigatory Powers Bill, which has now passed both houses of Parliament, will give 48 public bodies, including the UK Gambling Commission, far-reaching surveillance powers.