Willem Brӧcker, member of Holland Casino’s supervisory board since August this year, has been appointed as the board’s chairman by the Minister of Finance. Brӧcker replaces Aat Schouwenaar whose term concluded.

The Appeals Court in Amsterdam has once more confirmed poker’s legal classification as a game of chance.

BBC radio show You & Yours took an in-depth look at the UK gambling sector, speaking with Sarah Harrison, Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission; a representative of the horse racing industry; Guy Harding from Oddschecker; as well as problem gamblers.

CalvinAyre predicts 2017: bitcoin is making regulation obsolete; Antigua may become the next big offshore licensing jurisdiction; industry consolidation will continue; and there will be new gambling products for the millennial generation.

The UK National Lottery created nearly one new millionaire a day throughout 2016.

The San Diego Union-Tribune published a story about a gambler who took down a betting and drug ring: “It started with the discovery of $702,000 stuffed in a suitcase in a Sydney hotel suite.”