Two New Exhibitors Confirm Presence at Gaming in Holland Expo

Two new exhibitors, Cash Support and Spintec, have confirmed they will exhibit at next week’s Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo. All available stands have now been sold, but visitors may still register for the free-to-attend expo.

Cash Support offers cash and currency handling products for the land-based industry. Spintec specializes in the development, production and sale of electronic table games, such as roulette, sic bo, craps and baccarat.


New Dutch Roulette Launched at Gaming in Holland Expo

A new roulette variant “Dutch roulette” will be officially presented at next week’s Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo. The presentation will take place on June 13, at 12:45 pm.

“Dutch roulette” was designed by 82-year-old Jaap Bouma. Players will no longer need the assistance of a croupier to place bets. Placing bets, as well as paying out is much quicker, which will considerably speed up the game.

“Dutch roulette” is also suitable for online environments.


Germany’s Interstate Treaty on Gambling “a Failure”

A recent 300-page study conducted by three high-ranking German academics, found that Germany’s Interstate Treaty on Gambling has had a disappointing impact on sports integrity, customer protection, and tax revenues.

At the heart of the research was a comparative “Channelization Index,” mapping the success that various national regulators had had in funneling players towards safe, regulated products. Germany came bottom of the list, seeing the lowest percentage of players accessing regulated gambling products.

“Only when online gambling is legalized can the State achieve a number of goals: protecting players, combating gambling addiction and preventing the manipulation of sports,” commented Professor Haucap, director of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the German state of Schleswig-Holstein’s new coalition government has said it intends to ignore the federal Interstate Treaty on Gambling in favor of an independent and more liberal regulatory scheme.


Remote Gambling Association Calls on EC to Investigate Belgian “State Aid”

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has called on the European Commission to investigate whether Belgium’s value-added-tax (VAT) on online gambling operators is discriminatory and constitutes state aid. The Belgian government introduced the 21% tax last year but exempted land-based companies and the country’s national lottery.


Netherlands-Facing Online Casinos Closing or Rebranding

Due to the stricter enforcement policy of the Netherlands Gaming Authority, which came into force on June 1, several Netherlands-facing online casinos, such as Klavercasino, FortuinCasino and PolderCasino, decided to (temporarily) shut down, so as to not endanger their chances of acquiring a license once the regulated market opens.

Some Netherlands-facing operators have opted for a radical rebranding instead.

Other, internationally oriented operators have announced they will, for now, cease to accept players from the Netherlands.

It is not clear, however, whether all Netherlands-facing online operators will comply with these latest restrictions.

Last year, Malta-based Betsson, owner of the Netherlands-facing Oranje Casino and Kroon Casino brands, threatened to disregard local regulations if the Dutch government would fail to quickly regulate online gaming. “According to the European Commission, online gaming is, generally speaking, legal in the EU. Foreign operators can only be refused market access under strict conditions,” Betsson CEO Ulrik Bengtsson said.

Faced with stricter regulations, some operators could opt to attempt to force a market opening through the courts.

Betsson’s Head of Regulatory Affairs, Corinne Valletta, has confirmed she will attend the upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo to hear directly about the newly tightened enforcement policy of the Netherlands Gaming Authority.

Both Marja Appelman, CEO at the Netherlands Gaming Authority, and Dennis van Breemen, Program Manager Gaming Policy Modernization at the Ministry of Security and Justice, will address the new online enforcement policy during their talks at next week’s Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo.

If you would like to know more, click here to register for the conference.

With over 200 visitors already registered, this will be the best-attended Gaming in Holland Conference ever. Only a limited number of tickets is still available!


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