RSVP Requested: GiH/Speel Verantwoord Lunch @ICE 2017

On Wednesday, February 8, from 12:00 pm to 14:00 pm, Gaming in Holland and Speel Verantwoord will organize their traditional lunch at the ICE Totally Gaming Conference.

Every year, professionals from all industry sectors, land-based, online, and lotteries, meet up in London against the backdrop of Europe’s premier gaming conference to discuss the latest developments in Dutch gaming. Don’t miss it!

If you would like to join us, please confirm your attendance by sending an email to

Don’t wait too long to reserve your spot, as there are a limited number of seats available!


“Change Is Already Here:” Dr Alan Littler on Gaming Reform in the Netherlands

Regardless of whether the long-awaited remote gaming bill will finally be enacted this year, significant change has already come to the Dutch gaming landscape, according to Dr Alan Littler, gaming lawyer at Kalff Katz & Franssen:

“2017 should be the year that the remote gaming bill (finally) becomes law and licence applications can be submitted to the Gaming Authority (towards the end of the year). Several significant stages have to be cleared first (see December 2016’s contribution). Yet change is already taking place in the Netherlands, licences for “non-incidental” lotteries are now available.”

Read the rest of Dr Littler’s legal commentary here.


William Hill Announces Lower-than-Expected Profits

In a trading update, William Hill said its unaudited full year 2016 operating profit would likely amount to around £260 million (€300.7 million), at the bottom end of its previously forecasted range of £260m-280m.

The profit warning was the third Hills has issued in the past twelve months and the 2016 estimate is over £30m less than the company took home in 2015.

The bookmaker cited unfavorable football and horse racing results in December as one of the main reasons for lower-than-expected profits.

In related news, William Hill has agreed to sponsor UK commercial broadcast ITV’s horse racing programming, even though some UK bookmakers reportedly deride horse racing as a zero-margin product.


Las Vegas Slots Revenue Decreasing

Las Vegas slots revenue is decreasing because the losses are greater than especially younger players are willing to tolerate over time, Nicholas Colon explains:

“[C]asinos and game designers are burning out the player too quickly. So the same 100 dollars that that will last 40 minutes at a slot machine is now competing with a 90 minute show, a couple hours of shopping or a five star dining experience.”

Novomatic, Europe’s leading slots supplier, is nonetheless continuing its expansion into the US – even though the company has had to make some cultural adjustments. The predominant slots-playing demographic in North America consists of “senior female players, whereas in Europe it is younger males,” Mike Robinson, International Communications Manager at Novomatic Gaming Industries, explains.


A Breakthrough Study on Gambling Addiction?

An international study into gambling addiction has found evidence to suggest that gambling addiction activates the same brain pathways as drug and alcohol cravings, paving the way for potential future treatments. The researchers discuss their findings in this short video. The full study can be accessed here.


Former CEO of Sheriff Gaming Sues Dutch Government

Stijn Flapper of 3D online slots developer Sheriff Gaming and its parent company Bubble Group is suing the Dutch government for €75m, the former CEO revealed yesterday in an interview with Het Financieele Dagblad.

As you may recall, Flapper was arrested in 2013 on suspicion of illegal gambling, money laundering, and tax evasion. Last October, the District Court in Den Bosch “indefinitely” suspended the case last October due to procedural delays.

Public Prosecutor Josien Mooijen called Flapper’s court case “a joke,” pointing out that Flapper never paid a single penny of gambling tax, despite earning €105m in revenues. Several witnesses, moreover, accused Flapper of rigging his casino software.


Other News

Online lottery operator ZEAL has joined the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).


Dutch addiction care services providers Jellinek and Victas have merged.


ICE 2017 will have 91 first-time exhibitors. None of these, however, is Dutch.


Online slots supplier Pariplay has secured a content partnership with Belgium-facing online casino brand


Several operator, in particular Unibet and Svenska Spel, made the top ten of largest ad buyers across a variety of Swedish media types.


The UK Gambling Commission’s new website is now live.


Banc de Binary, one of the leading binary options operators in the sector, is to halt all operations and wind down its business for good.


Portuguese state-run charity Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa will shortly start offering online gaming in addition to its land-based offering should it receive relevant licensing.


Secondary lottery provider Lottoland has become the first operator to secure a license for lottery messenger services from the Government of Gibraltar Licensing Authority.


Superleague Greece side, Panathinaikos, has become the 21st football team to form an eSports team.


Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s nominee for US Attorney General, “would revisit” the Department of Justice’s approval of intrastate online gambling.