First Issue of Gaming in Holland Magazine to Be Presented @ICE 2017

During today’s Gaming in Holland lunch at ICE 2017, we will launch our very own, hard copy GiH Magazine. In case you are not at ICE, but would still like to receive a free copy by mail, please email us at

Gaming in Holland Magazine will appear on a biannual basis. The first issue contains interviews with Marja Appelman, Justin Franssen, Peter-Paul de Goeij, and many more!

We would like to express our thanks to the Dutch gaming industry, particularly our strategic partners, as well as our sponsors and media partners for making Gaming in Holland Magazine possible.


Looking Back at the Kalff Katz & Franssen / IMGL Annual Gaming Industry Event

Last Friday, Kalff Katz & Franssen and the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) co-hosted their Annual Gaming Industry Event at the Industrieele Groote Club in Amsterdam. Featured speakers were Marja Appelman, CEO of the Netherlands Gaming Authority, Peter-Paul de Goeij, Managing Director of Lottovate, and Erwin van Lambaart, CEO of Holland Casino.

Check out our video footage of the event here.


Dutch Court: Holland Casino May Become Limited Liability Company

The Enterprise Division of the Appeals Court in Amsterdam has sided with the board of Holland Casino against the organization’s Works Council, allowing the casino operator to be transformed from a foundation into a limited liability company.

The transformation of Holland Casino into a limited liability company is an important step ahead of the proposed privatization of the land-based operator.


Belgian Player Channelization Rate at 80%

Six years after regulating the online market, one in five Belgian online punters still gambles through unlicensed websites. Together, these punters wager around €115m annually, roughly a quarter of the €463m in legal online revenues. The Belgian regulator has blacklisted a total of 117 illegal gambling websites.

With a higher proposed tax burden for operators, it seems unlikely that the Netherlands will be able to do better once the online market opens.


GiH Exclusive: “Making Holland Casino Future Proof”

At the European Casino Association (ECA) meeting in London, Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart spoke about the operator’s future after state ownership. Gaming in Holland attended the meeting and had an exclusive talk with Van Lambaart.

“For us, the guest isn’t king but emperor,” Van Lambaart said. “We love to surprise people. We always want to add a few elements that enhance the experience. A night at the casino is entertainment. At the end of the evening, you should feel that you’ve had a great night out. That is something we’ll have to amplify.”


Other News

On Monday night, the Dutch Postcode Loterij distributed €341m among 110 different charities and good causes at the “Goed Geld Gala.” Online magazine De Correspondent took an in-depth look at how that money is being apportioned.


Yesterday, Len van der Sluijs, winner of the 2016 Netherlands Gaming Authority thesis award, received his prize of €2,500. Van der Sluis won the award with his MA thesis Arbitrage Opportunities in Sports Betting Markets.


The Netherlands Gaming Authority aims to be strict. Reliable operators, however, will be given as much room as possible to develop an attractive product offering.


The Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission (IoMGSC) has introduced a series of regulatory changes following industry feedback in a move to improve its licensing structure.


PokerStars has become the first online gambling operator to obtain a live games license in the Czech Republic.


Playtech acquires rival UK software developer Eyecon in a £50m deal.


Veikkaus, one of the leading money gaming companies in Europe is using big data analytics to create a 360-degree view of customers, which, among other things, helps to identify those customers who show signs of gambling addiction.


Catering for an expected surge in customer demand for its live dealer offering this year, Playtech has opened the world’s largest live casino studio of its type in the Latvian capital of Riga.


Despite strong (57%) mobile growth, Svenska Spel full-year revenues grew only 0,4%.


GVC, owner of Bwin, PartyPoker, Sportingbet and Foxy Bingo, reported that in the three months to December 2016 its net gaming revenue (NGR) was up 7% year-on-year to €2.51 million per day.


“Lift the harmful, failing federal ban on sports betting,” the president of the American Gaming Association writes, as bets on Superbowl LI break new records.