Gaming in Holland wishes all readers a happy 2018!

The Council of State, the Netherlands’ highest administrative court, has ruled that there is no legal basis that allows the Netherlands Gaming Authority to sanction payment providers that offer their services to unlicensed gambling operators. In response, the Netherlands Gaming Authority expressed dismay and said the ruling made it even harder to enforce the current prohibition on offering online gambling in the Netherlands.

Ladbrokes Coral has accepted a £4bn takeover bid by GVC. The acquisition is expected to be completed during late Q1 or early Q2 2018, with GVC shareholders to hold 53.5% of the combined group.

Following a FoI request, the Netherlands Gaming Authority has published a number of (heavily redacted) documents on December 21 concerning the advertising activities of a number of licensed operators.

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

The announced temporary gaming tax rate increase in the Netherlands from 29% to 30.1% of GGR has come into force.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s finance minister has dismissed proposals to increase the current 1% tax rate on revenue paid by the country’s betting operators in the wake of outcry from the industry.

The Swedish government has submitted a draft gambling act and gambling tax act to the European Commission on schedule for the announced market liberalization in 2019.

NYX Gaming Group’s shareholders have approved the company’s acquisition by Scientific Games.

Apple is now requiring that any apps on the App Store that offer loot boxes must disclose the odds of the likelihood of players getting different types of items.

Officials with the South Carolina Education Lottery said that its computer system vendor, Intralot, experienced a programming error on Christmas Day that caused multiple players to falsely believe they had won a terminal-generated instant game.

A suburban Chicago woman who has crusaded against gambling for decades has won $25,000 by playing a sweepstakes game at a gambling cafe.