Full Video Now Available: Secondary Legislation and Online Enforcement @GiH2017

Another successful edition of the annual Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo concluded last week. “A great venue, fantastic discussions, and excellent speakers,” Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman said of the conference.

In order to allow our readers to take note of the exact wording of Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman, as well as Ministry of Security and Justice officials Dennis van Breemen and Frans Maas, who spoke on licensing and online enforcement, and secondary legislation, respectively, we have published unabridged video recordings of their presentations on our website here and here.

A general video recap of the conference is also available. Photographs are available as well.


Holland Casino and Unions Agree to New Collective Bargaining Agreement

After a year-long negotiation and over thirty instances of industrial action, Holland Casino and several labor unions have agreed to a new five-year collective bargaining agreement. Employees will receive a one-off payment of 4.5% of their annual wages in 2016, wage increases of 2% in 2017 and 2018, as well as wage increases in line with the national average in the remaining years of the agreement. During the five years of the new CBA, there will be no forced redundancies, the casino chain also promised.

In related news, Holland Casino also launched a marketing campaign, based on the Memory card game, to draw new customers.


Janshen-Hahnraths to Open New Casino in Former Sugar Factory

Dutch land-based operator Janshen-Hahnraths announced it will build a brand new Fair Play casino on the premises of a former sugar factory, located between Amsterdam and Haarlem.

Other parts of the former factory have been converted to office spaces, a conference and event center, as well as a shopping outlet.

The new casino is scheduled to open in 2018.

Interestingly, the Janshen-Hahnraths casino will have, to a large extent, the same geographical reach as the new Holland Casino branch that is currently being built in the western part of Amsterdam.


UK Gambling Commission to Monitor Licensees’ Grey Markets Revenue

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced that it will begin to require licensees to provide data in respect of their group companies’ activities in other jurisdictions. The change is driven by concerns surrounding revenues generated from “grey markets” and a need to “keep crime out of gambling,” CMS Law-Now reports:

“Upon applying for an operating licence, B2C businesses must […] disclose any market from which they derive 3% or more of their total revenue from players, or in the case of businesses with a total revenue of less than £5m per annum, markets which they are targeting where the revenue is more than 10% of their total revenue. For each of these markets the Commission requires the applicant to confirm why they think provision of gambling facilities is not illegal (whether as a result of being licensed there or having satisfied themselves that it is the case). The Commission also asks applicants to inform them of any other markets (irrespective of whether or not they meet the 3%/10% thresholds) that they are actively targeting in order to grow their business.”


AFC Ajax Acquires “Official Asian Betting Partner”

Dutch football side AFC Ajax has signed a new partnership agreement which will make the Chinese gambling operator KB88 the club’s official Asian betting partner. Reportedly, the deal will net Ajax 1.2m over the next three years.

As the club’s Dutch home market is currently still closed to all but a single sports betting operator, KB88 will only be allowed to tout its relationship with the Dutch side on Chinese social media network Weibo.

Nonetheless, this latest deal clearly illustrates that, despite local restrictions, international online betting is already impacting Dutch sports.


Other News

The Department of Security and Justice announced it will be unable to answer Parliamentary questions on the difficulties of the Netherlands Gaming Authority to collect administrative fines from abroad within the usual term.


Ahead of his three-day course between 19-21 June in Haarlem, The Netherlands, Arjan Korstjens, Course Director of the Casino Marketing Academy, gives insight into the principles underlying his casino marketing course.


German gaming business Gauselmann, active in the Netherlands under the brand Merkur, saw its turnover increase in 2016 by 14.2% to €2.53bn.


Dutch tennis player Richel Hoogenkamp received death threats from a disappointed gambler who lost $1500 betting on one of her matches.


UK National Lottery operator Camelot has launched a strategic review following an 8.8% decline in National Lottery sales, compared to the previous year. Both retail and digital sales decreased, with mobile being the sole outlier, rising £23.8m to a record £619.3m.


Following the introduction of new licensing conditions, UK online gambling operators have been cutting back on torrent site advertising.


Romania is the latest country to consider new restrictions on locally licensed gambling operators’ ability to advertise their products.


Betfred has expanded its service offering into the Forex and CFDs trading market with the launch of TradeFred. The new online platform, which officially went live this week, is the result of a partnership between Betfred and Vanuatu-registered MagicPath Capital.


Gambling and match-fixing in English football is rife and the FA is failing to properly deal with the growing problem, says suspended former footballer Joey Barton.


Lead generation company Catena Media acquires casino affiliates MrGamez and Spielekiste.


The proposed merger of daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel appears dead in the water after the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed suit to block the union. The two companies also lost a combined $151m in 2016.


Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has erected a 110-ft statue of UK Prime Minister Theresa May on the White Cliffs of Dover promoting its “Bet on Brexit” markets.


Caesars Entertainment removed more than 21 skill-based games from its properties after they failed to make enough money to cover vendor fees.


Russian company DAO.Casino wants to use cryptocurrency to disrupt online gambling.


The Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) has given approval to the proposed merger between Tabcorp and Tatts Group.