Until July 1, 2008, operators of slot machines in the Netherlands were charged VAT while other forms of gambling were exempt of this tax. The Appeals Court of Arnhem-Leeuwarden has now judged that this distinction violated the neutrality principle. An unnamed slot machine operator will now receive a refund of almost €25m.

Loterijverlies has unexpectedly (and in spite of its own legal troubles) succeeded in obtaining an account preservation order from the District Court in The Hague against the Dutch State Lottery (now part of Nederlandse Loterij). No less than €121m in assets of the State Lottery have been frozen. The operator has immediately appealed the decision.

The European Commission has judged the proposed reforms in German online casino legislation as “non-viable.”

Scientific Games has signed an exclusive James Bond licensing deal.

US casino mogul and major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson has suffered a major setback in his ongoing effort to ban online gambling in the US.

Playtech’s Age of the Gods: King of Olympus slot rewarded a William Hill online punter with an almost $1 million jackpot pay out.