Yesterday, the Council of State, the Netherlands’ highest administrative court, upheld De Lotto’s current monopolies on sports betting and instant lotteries. The operator’s monopoly on numbers lotteries, however, is to be reconsidered by the Netherlands Gaming Authority.

Niels Onkenhout, CEO of Nederlandse Loterij (which owns the Lotto brand) largely welcomed the ruling of the Council of State. Although Onkenhout expressed satisfaction with the fact that Dutch gamblers who make use of land-based channels remain protected by strict regulations, he also criticized the fact that online punters are currently not being protected in accordance with Dutch law.

To remedy this situation, Onkenhout called for a quick enactment of the remote gaming bill. “The political process should get a move on,” Onkenhout said.

Other industry insiders who commented on the Council of State’s ruling are former Lotto CEO Tjeerd Veenstra, Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), Frank Tolboom, gaming lawyer at Kalff Katz & Franssen, and Sanne Muijser, General Secretary of trade association VAN Kansspelen.

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