Gaming in Holland Wishes You a Very Happy 2018!

Gaming in Holland wishes all our readers a very happy and productive New Year.

As always, we will keep you informed of all the latest developments in the Dutch and international gaming industry in 2018.

Let’s stay connected!


Save the Date for the Gaming in Holland Lunch @ICE 2018

On Wednesday February 7, starting at noon, Gaming in Holland will once again organize its traditional lunch at the ICE Totally Gaming Conference.

Every year, professionals from all industry sectors, land-based, online, and lotteries, meet up in London against the backdrop of Europe’s premier gaming conference to discuss the latest developments in Dutch gaming.

If you are interested in, or connected to Dutch gaming, this event is not to be missed!

Further details will follow shortly.


Ladbrokes Coral Agrees to GVC’s Takeover Bid

Ladbrokes Coral’s board has accepted a £4bn takeover bid from GVC.

GVC chief executive Kenneth Alexander described the takeover deal as “a truly exciting prospect.”

“The acquisition has compelling strategic rationale allied to an opportunity to use the best of both from proven management teams and will create material shareholder value. It secures earlier delivery of our long-term value potential, which is why the board of Ladbrokes Coral has unanimously recommended GVC’s offer,” Ladbrokes Coral chairman John Kelly added.

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.


Upcoming Events

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

  • The Keeping Crime out of Gambling Conference, which is set to take place on 17 January 2018 in London, is designed to help gambling operators manage compliance issues and ensure that they are not subject to criminal activity through effective fraud prevention and anti-money-laundering strategies.
  • 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 this 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.


Council of State: Offering Payment Services to Unlicensed Operators “Not Illegal”

The Council of State, the Netherlands’ highest administrative court, has ruled that there is currently no legal basis that allows the Netherlands Gaming Authority to sanction payment providers that offer their services to unlicensed gambling operators.

The Council of State’s ruling overturned a decision by a lower court that held local payment service provider CURO Payments B.V. liable to a potential penalty payment imposed by the Netherlands Gaming Authority.

In response to the Council of State’s decision, the Dutch regulator expressed dismay and said that the ruling made it even harder to enforce the current prohibition on offering online gambling in the Netherlands.

The Gaming Authority also called for a quick adoption of the remote gaming bill, which would give the regulator more clearly defined powers to enforce the ban on unlicensed online gaming.


Other News

As of January 1, the gaming tax rate in the Netherlands has been temporarily increased from 29% to 30.1%.


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


In response to a freedom of information request, the Netherlands Gaming Authority has published a number of (heavily redacted) documents on December 21 that concern the advertising activities of a number of licensed operators.


The Netherlands Gaming Authority and the Dutch municipality of Apeldoorn told a local bar owner to stop using casino games to raise money for Serious Request, a series of fundraising events for International Red Cross initiatives.


Star Casino, Belgium’s largest online operator, has drawn criticism for its “sexist advertising.”


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


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.


Blueprint Gaming, part of the Gauselmann Group, has completed the acquisition of omnichannel gaming provider Games Warehouse Group.


Better Collective, developer of digital platforms for bookmaker information, has sealed its eighth major deal in the last twelve months by acquiring Polish sports content provider


Mr Green has launched its casino brand in Denmark as part of its strategy to expand its geographic reach.


Unibet has cut its highest stake cash games from its poker lobby in a bid to protect recreational players and support the “long-term health” of the site.


Social games are a risk to children, says UK Labour deputy leader Tom Watson.


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.


Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands and Melco Resorts & Entertainment share prices were sliding on Tuesday, after Macau gaming revenue for the month of December unexpectedly fell short of estimates.


Overall Macau gaming revenue, however, was up 19% in 2017.


Las Vegas revenue has been decreasing for two consecutive months.


Crown Resorts announced that it has agreed to the $150m sale of its majority stake in CrownBet.


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.