Registration for the Gaming in Holland Lunch @ICE 2018 Now Open!

Registration for the Gaming in Holland Lunch at ICE 2018 is now open. The GiH Lunch will take place on Wednesday, February 7, starting at noon.

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!

If you would like to attend, please send an email to to claim your spot. Don’t wait too long as the number of available places is strictly limited.

Due to the limited number of available seats, it is not possible to claim more than one spot by sending a single email. Each prospective attendant should register personally. After registering, your booking will be confirmed within a week.


Belgium’s New Restrictive Online Gambling Rules to Come into Force This Week

Belgium’s restrictive new online gambling rules will soon come into force as the European Commission’s standstill period comes to a close, CalvinAyre writes:

“Under the new regime, online casino operators will essentially be limited to promoting their wares via their own websites or via “personalized advertising,” which the regulator reportedly intends as a reference to email and SMS promos to existing customers. Belgian-facing affiliates view these restrictions as an effective death sentence for their sector.

Gaming and betting licensees will no longer be allowed to advertise during live sports broadcasts (regardless of media), and not within 15 minutes before or after any programs aimed at minors.

No online sports betting adverts will be permitted at all before 10pm, unless it’s a non-live sports program, and only one online sporting betting advert will be permitted per ad break.

There are also a whole host of stylistic restrictions, including not using athletes or celebrities who hold particular appeal for minors, or advertising via platforms or media targeted mainly at minors.

Among non-advertising restrictions, operators must cap the maximum value of bonuses offered to a player at €275 per month. Players can only top up their online gambling accounts by a maximum of €500 per week across all of their online activity, and such top-ups can’t be made with a player’s credit card.”


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 this year’s foremost gathering of gaming professionals in the world.
  • On February 21, Dutch trade association VAN Kansspelen, in cooperation with the Netherlands Gaming Authority, will hold a member meeting to discuss the Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act (Wet Bibob), with a particular focus on the Act’s impact on license applications from (prospective) land-based slot machine operators.
  • 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.
  • In 2018, 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 to Investigate Nationale Postcode Loterij

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has announced it will investigate whether Dutch lottery operator De National Postcode Loterij violated the law by sending advertising mail resembling payment reminders.

Advertising for gambling products may be neither misleading, nor aggressive, the Dutch Gambling Act states.

A number of recipients of the mailings also filed complaints with the Dutch Advertising Code Committee.


Other News

Investing in cryptocurrencies is, legally speaking, not a game of chance, the Netherlands Gaming Authority said.


The CEOs of the Netherlands Gaming Authority, Marja Appelman, and the UK Gambling Commission, Sarah Harrison, discussed the need to protect minors from gambling, as well as the importance of international cooperation.


Dutch outfit MEC Poker Events, organizer of the Dutch Open Poker Championship and the Dutch Team Poker Championship, is set to organize its first casino poker tournament in October 2018.


Plans dating from 2009 to build a new leisure complex, including a casino, near the Dutch city of Venlo have been revitalized.


A prize offered by the Dutch State Lottery for a trip to Seoul during the upcoming Olympics, appears to be considerably less costly than advertised.


The Belgian National Lottery posted an 8% revenue increase in 2017 compared to the previous year. Digital sales increased by a third.


Italian legislators have launched a bidding process for 120 licences to operate online gaming in the country by publishing a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union.


Italy’s online betting revenue jumped nearly 60% in 2017.


The Irish government is seeking to establish an independent regulatory body to oversee the country’s gambling industry.


Switzerland’s plans to block the domains of internationally licensed online gambling operators appear headed for a voter referendum.


Uefa, football’s governing body in Europe, has issued bans to six Malta under-21 players after finding them guilty of match-fixing.


Genius Sports’ Integrity Operations Director Ben Paterson, who spoke at the 2017 GiH Conference & Expo, explains why sporting bodies need to take seriously the need to protect themselves from match-fixing.


Online gambling group GVC Holdings has announced a 24% year-on-year rise in its net gaming revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017.


William Hill has forecast an 11% year-on-year rise in profit for the twelve months to 31 December, 2017.


NetEnt has reported lower-than-expected revenue growth for Q4 2017.


Slashing the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the UK may not negatively impact the industry as much as the government has forecast, according to a new report.


Svenska Spel has selected Sporting Solutions to provide the Swedish lottery operator with its sportsbook pricing services.


Players on PokerStars’ combined Spanish and French online poker network will not have the ability to choose a specific table and seat at a cash game.


Swedish mobile gambling specialists LeoVegas have further bolstered their UK market presence by acquiring the online casino operations of Intellectual Property & Software Limited (IPS).


42% of UK eSports bettors are women.


Sports betting firm Tipico has agreed a deal with the German Football League (DFL) to sponsor both the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga domestic club competitions.


Paddy Power Betfair’s new CEO has started reshuffling the company’s senior management.


Multilotto has launched a new lottery game based on the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.


Gambling operators are at serious risk of exposure to illicit funds from darknet marketplaces.


By 2021, Cyprus’ first integrated resort worth €550m will open its doors to the public.


No less than 18 US states are expected to introduce bills to regulate sports betting in 2018, as the US Supreme Court is set to rule on the current federal sports betting ban later this year.


Gaming technology providers GAN and SBTech have formed a strategic relationship to prepare for the expected legalization of sports betting in the United States.


Software developer and former console manufacturer SEGA has announced the launch of a real-money slots app based on its portfolio of console games.