Minors Participated in Games Offered by Nederlandse Loterij

Minors have participated in the games of chance offered by state-owned Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands Gaming Authority found. Nederlandse Loterij admitted to incomplete oversight and promised to take additional measures in order to prevent recurrence.


“Rethink the Funding of Dutch Sports”

The uncertain future of Nederlandse Loterij requires a drastic reform of the current model of sports funding, Bob van Oosterhout writes in Dutch daily NRC:

“Sports funding has for years been a kind of closed shop, run by a small number of lottery and sports directors. Directors of sports associations who see new opportunities and want to break through this ‘monopoly’ deserve more support.

[…] the market position of Nederlandse Loterij, sports’ most important donor, has come under increasing pressure […]

Nederlandse Loterij could also be privatized, in which case the funding of sports will be dependent on a private party with shareholders from all over he world. This would introduce a great degree of uncertainty.

These challenges call for a revision of the current funding model, with the aim of reducing dependence on Nederlandse Loterij and achieving a sustainable balance between public and private funding.”


Netherlands Gaming Authority Issues €217,000 Fine to Online Operator

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has issued a 217,000 fine to Malta-based online operator Visionairy iGaming Ltd, the company behind fairwaycasino.com. The sole director of the firm was also fined €50,000.


Looking Back at the GiH Lottery Session

Last week, over eighty guests attended a discussion on the future of the Dutch lottery landscape at the premises of GiH partner LeaseWeb. The discussion centered on new market entrants and product launches, responsible gaming, and the regulatory direction of the future Dutch lottery regime. Read our full report here.


Fair Play Rotterdam “Best Casino of the Netherlands 2017”

Fair Play Rotterdam has won the “Best Casino of the Netherlands 2017” award. The annual award is given out by Dutch casino community OneTime.nl.

“We are tremendously proud that we have managed to win this award. There were multiple casinos nominated in the Rotterdam region. Thus, we are especially happy that we have managed to pull out the win,” Manager Fair Play Casino Richard Rikers said.

A 360° impression of the casino can be seen here.


European Commission Likely to Abandon All Gambling Infringement Cases

The European Commission (EC) is likely to drop all online gambling infringement cases against EU member states, as soon as this week. The step would be a major blow to online gambling operators who use the EC to challenge national online gambling regulations that breach EU rules.

The EC has written to trade groups and previous complainants, stating it intends to drop these cases because gambling is no longer a political priority.

A final decision on the matter is expected to be made tomorrow, 7 December.


Upcoming Events

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

  • 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.


Netherlands Gaming Authority Discloses Documents that Explain Change in Prioritization Criteria

Following a freedom of information request, the Netherlands Gaming Authority has published a series of documents outlining its controversial decision to tighten its prioritization (enforcement) criteria as of 1 June 2017.

Of particular interest may be this memo, dating from 3 April 2016, which details some of the reasons behind the regulator’s decision to adjust its online enforcement criteria.

“External parties expect a greater degree of enforcement action from the Gaming Authority,” the memo states. “Furthermore, we must conclude that our current prioritization criteria have lost their usefulness in selecting operators for enforcement action.”

Most major operators that are active in the Netherlands have adjusted to the prioritization criteria, while continuing to violate the spirit of the law. “Persisting in relying on the current criteria would lead to an all but exclusive focus on the fringes of the present illegal online market,” the memo argues.


Other News

Unibet has ended its controversial sponsorship deal with the Royal Dutch Cycling Union because of the ongoing delays in the enactment of the country’s remote gaming bill.


MPs Attie Kuiken (PvdA) and Michiel van Nispen (SP) have tabled parliamentary questions in order to pressure the government in facilitating the criminal prosecution of match-fixers.


Marketeer Irene van Deijl discusses Holland Casino’s latest “Gold Rush” marketing campaign.


Tamsin van Steenis has won the 2017 Netherlands Gaming Authority Master’s Thesis Award with her investigation of licensed operators’ attitudes toward and perceptions of the regulator.


Malta-based gaming industry stakeholders are monitoring the European Union’s potential proposal to introduce a “digital taxation framework,” aimed at consolidating taxes for digital enterprises with multi-national operations and commercial services.


The UK Gambling Commission has released its latest statistics covering the period between April 2016 and March 2017. While total gross gambling yield grew 1.8% to £13.7bn, online GGY increased 10.1% to £4.7bn.


The UK Gambling Commission has charged bingo operator Broadway Gaming £100,000 for running “significantly misleading” advertising.


Portugal’s regulated online gambling market has failed to achieve its goal of channeling local punters away from unauthorized operators, according to a new report commissioned by the Remote Gambling Association.


Online poker liquidity sharing between France, Italy, Spain and Portugal moves forward in Portugal even as legislative progress in Italy stalls.


The Greek government has tabled a bill that includes a provision for three new casino licenses.


Swedish online gaming specialists Betsson AB has appointed a new CEO following the sudden departure of Ulrik Bengtsson in September.


Cherry has exercised an option to acquire an additional 12.5% of the shares in gaming technology company Highlight Games, taking its overall stake in the business to 37.5%.


Gaming machine maker Aristocrat Leisure Ltd announced it will acquire Seattle-based gaming company Big Fish Games for $990 million in cash to increase its social gaming footprint.


Bookmaker Paddy Power has been ordered by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to stop the broadcast of a television advert which implies that it is socially acceptable to gamble in the workplace.


Ladbrokes has launched an omni-channel wallet.


The UK’s land-based casino operators have agreed for the first time to guarantee that 0.1% of their annual Gross Gaming Yield will go directly to problem gambling charity GambleAware.


Illegal online gambling makes up 10.4% of Turkey’s total e-commerce.


The UK government has announced plans to ban gambling operators from taking bets on the EuroMillions in an effort to protect the amount of money going to good causes. Lottery betting outfit Lottoland said it was “dismayed” by the UK government’s decision.


Gaming technology supplier Scientific Games has announced the creation of a new joint venture, Lotterie Nazionali S.r.l., which has accepted a nine-year contract extension for the Italian Scratch and Win concession.


Global online gaming company The Stars Group has announced that it has chosen to divest its entire stake in online bingo operator Jackpotjoy.


Affiliate portal Gambling.com announced it has completed a €16 million fundraising plan for its future growth strategy.


Maltese affiliate network Catena Media have announced a deal to acquire German sports affiliate provider Baybets Ltd, for €26.5m.


LeoVegas has said it will now only work with a “small number of affiliates” in the UK that satisfy its own compliance standards.


Hopes for legal sports betting in the United States got a boost on Monday as the state of New Jersey argued its case before the US Supreme Court.


Ex-Amaya CEO David Baazov and two associates conspired to try to pump up the price of Amaya Inc. stock in the leadup to its US$4.9-billion takeover of PokerStars, Quebec’s securities regulator alleges in a new court filing ahead of their insider trading trial later this month. Baazov has also been accused of stealing from a Kenyan charity.


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has dropped its long standing opposition to the AU$11bn merger between Australian operators Tatts Group and Tabcorp Holdings.


A KPMG study commissioned by the Remote Gaming Association (RGA) has valued the Brazilian online gambling market at more than $2.1bn (€1.8bn).