Lower House Receives Evaluation of Netherlands Gaming Authority

Researchers from several universities participated in a government-commissioned evaluation of the Netherlands Gaming Authority. The results were published and sent to the Dutch Lower House.

Independent, non-departmental administrative bodies instituted by the Dutch government, such as the Netherlands Gaming Authority, are evaluated every five years. Following its establishment in 2012, the Dutch gambling regulator was evaluated for the first time in 2017.

The evaluation found that the regulator’s enforcement measures were generally effective. Its enforcement mechanisms were characterized as “state-of-the-art.” The regulator also enjoys a generally positive reputation among stakeholders.

Even so, the researchers issued a number of recommendations, including a suggestion to investigate whether the Netherlands Gaming Authority should eventually be made a part of the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM).


Mathijs Jonkers Wins Third Place at WSOP Europe

Dutch poker player Mathijs Jonkers ended in third place at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe and took home €476,585.

“I can’t believe what happened,” Mathijs told Gaming in Holland. “It is incredible how many people watched the broadcasts of the tournament. It felt like the entire country supported me. I have tried to present poker in a positive manner and also to entertain the viewers. I have heard from many people who noted my enthusiasm. So I think I may have succeeded.”


Council of State Sides with Sportech in Tote Betting Dispute

The Council of State, the Netherlands’ highest administrative court, has found that the initially successful appeal of Betfair against the Netherlands Gaming Authority’s decision of November 2014 to grant the single tote betting license to competitor Sportech Racing should be decided anew.

Sportech successfully argued that it should have been able to argue for its interest at the original appeal. As a result, the case has been referred back to the District Court in The Hague.


Belgian Court: Online Operators Allowed to Offer Only One Product from Single URL

The Belgian Constitutional Court has found that the country’s gambling act violates the constitution by allowing different games of chance to be offered on a single website.

The court’s decision likely means that Belgian-licensed online operators will need to reapply for separate licenses for each online product, while making casino products inaccessible from an online betting URL and vice versa.


Upcoming Events

The following upcoming events may be of interest to members of the GiH community.

  • Following the general meeting of the members of VAN Kansspelen on November 22, there will be a product presentation showcasing the latest arcade innovations. The product presentation, which is set to start at 13:00, takes place at Hotel van der Valk, Rijksweg A4 Nr. 3, 2132 MA Hoofddorp.
  • On 24 November, Malta’s largest iGaming conference SIGMA’17 will feature a session on regulatory developments in the Netherlands, moderated by GiH founder Willem van Oort. Conference registration is open. Gaming in Holland and LeaseWeb invite SIGMA’17 attendees to join us for drinks on Thursday, 23 November 2017, starting at 7:30 pm. Places are limited, so please reserve your place today by registering here.
  • Also taking place during SIGMA’17 is the KPMG eSummit Regulatory Conference, which will include an in-depth look at gaming in the Netherlands, as well as several breakout sessions.
  • Registration for ICE 2018, which is to take place 6-8 February 2018 at ExCeL London, is live. As always, there will be a Gaming in Holland Lunch – on 7 February – at next year’s foremost gathering of gaming professionals in the world.
  • The GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2018, celebrating excellence in the field of regulatory compliance and responsible gambling, will be hosted at The Sheraton Grand Hotel, London – 18 April 2018.
  • Next year, the iGaming Super Show, EiG and Amsterdam Affiliate Conference come together as iGB Live!, a consolidated three brand event. The first edition of iGB Live! will take place 17 – 20 July 2018 at The Amsterdam RAI.
  • The 12th EASG Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues is now scheduled for 11-14 September 2018 at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Valletta, Malta.


Dutch Land-Based Gambling Grew 3.8% in 2016

Land-based gambling in the Netherlands (including lotteries) grew 3.8% in 2016. GGR increased to €2.47bn, up from €2.34bn in the previous year, according to the Netherlands Gaming Authority’s Market scan land-based gambling 2016.

Lotteries account for 46% of the Dutch gambling market, followed by slot machines 42%, casino table games (10%), and sports betting (1%).

Despite being a relatively wealthy country, gambling expenditure in the Netherlands lies slightly below the EU average.

Due to tax exemptions for lottery and sports betting prizes of less than €449, the average effective gaming tax burden for slot machine and casino game operators (29%) is considerably higher than for lottery (17.9%) and sports betting (4.7%) operators.


Other News

Today, the 26th Master Classics of Poker kicks off at Holland Casino Amsterdam.


Holland Casino has been awarded a European certificate for its responsible gaming policy, which was developed in close cooperation with addiction care organization Verslavingszorg Nederland.


Chairman Frits Huffnagel of VAN Kansspelen has sent an open letter to State Secretary Menno Snel of Finance objecting to the temporary increase in the gaming tax rate.


Dutch newspaper, Het Financieele Dagblad, reported on local land-based operators who have already opened offices on Malta in preparation of the expected opening of the Dutch online market.


Specifically, Jan Schiffelers, CEO of the Janshen-Hahnraths Group, discusses some of the preparations his company has made, such as obtaining an online gaming license from the Malta Gaming Authority.


The Netherlands Gaming Authority announced it will soon start a public consultation on the question whether certain forms of (video) gaming constitute gambling and should require a license in order to be legally offered.


According to a survey commissioned by the Netherlands Gaming Authority, Dutch people with an immigration background are equally likely to be problem or at-risk players than people with a non-immigration background. The former group, however, was found to exhibit a somewhat greater prevalence of risky playing behavior.


The Netherlands Gaming Authority decided last week that the casino dice game barbut, which was earlier rolled out on a trial basis in Holland Casino Venlo, may be offered in all other Holland Casino branches as well.


Holland Casino is looking to hire a data scientist.


Holland Casino Eindhoven is looking to hire an Assistant Manager Security & Responsible Gaming.


Novomatic Netherlands is offering an internship at its compliance department.


Online broker, CFD and foreign exchange company iFOREX has extended its partnership with Dutch Eredivisie football club PSV Eindhoven.


The UK Gambling Commission has published a strategy document covering the years 2018-2021, titled: “Making Gambling Fairer and Safer.”


Golden Ten is set for an online comeback.


Gambling participation in Sweden appears to be declining slowly but steadily.


Global gaming company IGT has announced a 6% constant currency drop in its year-on-year revenue for the third quarter of 2017.


PokerStars owner The Stars Group could raise up to $2.50 billion to fund acquisitions if needed, Chief Executive Rafael Ashkenazi said. Ashkenazi added he is looking at buying either one big company or three to five small-to-medium companies.


The Stars Group has cited the success of its new Stars Rewards initiative as one of the main reasons behind year-on-year growth across key financials in the third quarter.


NYX Gaming shares plunged by 18% amid fears William Hill could block the supplier from being bought by Scientific Games.


France’s regulated online gambling market was firing on all cylinders in Q3, with poker posting its strongest growth in nearly six years.


Sky Bet online sportsbook goes live in Germany.


UK betting firm Ladbrokes Coral could lose up to a fifth of its annual revenue, £437m, in case maximum FOBT stakes are cut to £2.


Central and Eastern European gambling operator Fortuna Entertainment Group (FEG) has vowed to become the top gambling operator in Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Croatia by 2020.


Affiliate network Catena Media has announced the agreement of a €9.25m deal to purchase the assets of Malta-based company Beyondbits Media Limited, which monitors developments in financial markets.


Richard Flint, chief executive of Sky Betting & Gaming, has urged the UK government not to increase the current tax rate on gambling companies active in the country, warning that such a move could hamper future investment plans.


Denise Coates, the billionaire founder and boss of gambling firm Bet365, paid herself £217m last year as her company made a £525m profit from a record £47bn of bets.


There are many reasons why footballers may decide to engage in match-fixing that are not related to betting.


Gaming company Cherry AB has reported widespread year-on-year growth across a number of key financials during the three months through to September 30.


American daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has announced the agreement of a partnership deal that will see the company live-stream Euroleague Basketball events to players in the US.