Justin Franssen, Ron Goudsmit, and Pieter Remmers Join Gaming in Holland Advisory Board

Gaming in Holland aims to be the leading the Netherlands-facing platform for the gaming, betting and lottery industries. With 2,000+ members, it is already the largest B2B platform for the Dutch market. Read our full mission statement here.

In order to forge even stronger connections with the Dutch gaming industry, gaming lawyer Justin Franssen, gaming consultant and Honorary President of the European Casino Association Ron Goudsmit, and responsible gaming consultant Pieter Remmers, as of this week, have joined Gaming in Holland’s advisory board.

“I am extremely pleased to have these industry veterans on board,” Gaming in Holland founder Willem van Oort said. “I am very much looking forward to benefit from their insights and support.”


A Message from Our Sponsors: Webinar Invite

Don’t gamble with your IT security and make sure you know how to protect your business. With cyberattacks growing in both number and sophistication every year, there has never been a more important time to think about your current security measures, and what you really need to keep your business safe.

Register for LeaseWeb’s new webinar “Don’t Gamble with your IT security,” in collaboration with Gaming in Holland, on March 8, at 16:00 CET to learn about the latest trends in cybersecurity and receive concrete recommendations on how to protect your business from attacks.

Register here.


Get Your Free Copy of Gaming in Holland Magazine

Last week, we launched the very first issue of our new Gaming in Holland Magazine at ICE.

As we ran out of available copies, the magazine is currently being reprinted. If you would like to receive a free copy by mail, please email us at freesubscription@gaminginholland.com.

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!


Legal Update: the Dutch Casino Reform Bill

Gaming lawyer Dr Alan Littler of Kalff Katz & Franssen shares his insights with regard to the casino reform bill that recently passed the Dutch Lower House:

“Plans to modernise the gambling market have not gone down particularly well with some MPs, but opposition to the casino reform bill was much milder than that to the remote gaming bill. That said, a host of amendments and motions to the bill were tabled. Fortunately, for the future casino market and Holland Casino’s price tag, many were rejected during the plenary session.

Successful amendments included one for measures to prevent an entity in the same group as the holder of the ten licences from obtaining any other casino licence, and another which will enable the Gaming Authority to require a new casino operator to take on existing personnel at a venue.”

Further discussion of the bill in the Senate has been postponed, however, until after the legislators will have received a response from the state secretary to their written questions regarding the remote gaming bill.


Vriendenloterij to Announce Charitable Contributions at Tonight’s “Goed Geld Gala”

Dutch lottery operator Vriendenloterij will announce tonight at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam how much money selected charities and good causes will receive. Last year, the operator distributed €52.9m among good causes.

The festive proceedings will be livestreamed through the operator´s website, starting at 16:30.


Mobile Has Become Europe’s Dominant Online Gambling Channel

EGR Intel and payment solutions provider Acapture have collaborated on the free industry report Opportunity Knocks: How Europe’s online gambling industry can maintain growth in 2017:

“The European online gambling industry has been on an impressive upward growth trajectory over the past 12 months. During the period, mobile has become the dominant platform, with operators such as Sky Bet reporting in excess of 80% of revenues coming through the channel. Casino and sports have been the driving force behind growth, generating €1.7bn and €1.3bn respectively in regulated markets in H1 2016, according to Eilers & Krejcik Gaming. The emergence of new markets such as the Czech Republic mean growth looks set to continue by allowing operators to expand their geographical reach and put their brands and products in front of new players.”


Smaller Acquisitions Instead of Major Mergers in 2017?

It seems likely that 2017 will see a greater focus on smaller acquisitions instead of major mergers, EGR Intel observes:

“The fractured nature of the European regulated sector means operators can’t be expected to have local knowledge in every new regulated market and we’ve seen from Italy and Spain that a one-size-fits-all model is frequently destined to fail. The value even relatively small local firms can bring to a major organisation […] is greater than just their existing revenue stream.”


Netherlands Gaming Authority Fines Tiplix.com Operator €170k

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has hit Trustfulgames, owner of Malta-licensed betting site Tiplix.com, with a fine of €170,000.

The Gaming Authority singled out Tiplix.com for offering a Dutch-language version of its website, which has now been discontinued. Visitors from the Netherlands are now being greeted with a message (in German) stating that “For legal reasons, persons with Dutch citizenship cannot open a TIPLIX account.”

To emphasize that it is not messing around, the Gaming Authority concluded its announcement of the fine with the statement “Fines now, fines in the future.”


Other News

The Minister of Security and Justice, Stef Blok, answered Parliamentary questions regarding match-fixing in tennis. In his answers, Blok hints that secondary legislation that is currently being worked on could potentially prohibit betting on low-level professional tennis matches.


Dutch magazine Quote has an extensive piece (€) on the future of gambling and lotteries in the Netherlands. Its main takeaway: nobody knows exactly what is going to happen.


There is strong local opposition against plans to move a Hommerson casino to a poor neighborhood in The Hague.


Kindred Group has posted its unaudited Q4 and 2016 full year results, both showing strong growth. The operator also announced it will open a trio of new offices in London, Gibraltar, and Malta to aid in its expansion plans.


Online casino operator Mr Green is developing software that will allow the company to identify players at risk for problem gambling behavior.


Stockholm-listed operator LeoVegas has announced plans to launch its sportsbook in Ireland after earning a new license from the Republic of Ireland National Excise License Office. The operator is already live in Ireland with its mobile casino but will expand its offering to include sports betting.


Figures released this week by Spanish gaming regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) show healthy gains in the country’s online gambling market in the three months ending December 31, with overall turnover rising one-fifth to €2.9bn, while operator revenue rose nearly one-third to €125.6m.


Swedish-facing international online gambling operators continued to outpace domestic operators’ revenue growth in 2016.


Scientific Games names Karin-Joyce Tjon Chief Operating Officer and President.


Zeal Investments has announced that it has invested £1 million in free-to-play online lottery platform the Free Postcode Lottery in return for a 10% stake. ZEAL Network also selected Peter Steiner as its new chairman.


Sponsors have won the majority of prizes at the 10th International Gaming Awards (IGA) show held last week.