“New Model Needed for Financing of Dutch Sports”

Chris Woerts, former commercial director of professional football clubs Feyenoord and Sunderland, forcefully argues that the financing of top-flight sports in the Netherlands is lagging behind, blaming outmoded thinking in NOC*NSF, the overall coordinating Dutch sports organization.

“Business is prepared to invest, but only on the basis of a healthy business model,” Woerts writes. “Don’t ask what a sponsor can do for sports, ask what sports can do for the sponsor. Turn it around. Don’t intend to just receive, but propose a healthy business model that benefits both sponsor and sports.”

Licensed gaming and betting operators would be in a prime position to both benefit from and support Dutch sports, Woerts told Gaming in Holland.

Woerts: “It’s typically Dutch to pretend that if something is prohibited, it doesn’t exist. Consumers, sports, operators, and government will all benefit if the online gaming market will be regulated instead of simply ignored. Why do politicians keep turning a blind eye?”


CEO of Nederlandse Loterij Calls for Quick Enactment of Remote Gaming Bill

In response to last week’s ruling by the Council of State on the permissibility of certain lottery and betting monopolies, Niels Onkenhout, CEO of Nederlandse Loterij, called for a quick enactment of the Dutch remote gaming bill:

“The current Gambling Act (1964) is in urgent need of modernization. At this point, the   most important step that needs to be taken is the quick enactment of the Remote Gaming Bill, which has been stalled in the Senate for over a year. The Netherlands is the last EU   country where remote gaming has not yet been regulated.

At present, between 300,000 and 500,000 inhabitants of the Netherlands gamble online with unlicensed operators, spending an estimated €500m annually. These consumers are currently   not being protected in accordance with Dutch regulations. No gambling taxes on online games of chance are being collected. In contrast to Nederlandse Loterij, Holland Casino, and licensed charity lotteries, the revenues being generated by unlicensed online operators in no way benefit Dutch civil society.

The political process needs to start moving!”


Upcoming Events

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

  • CEO of the Netherlands Gaming Authority Marja Appelman will deliver one of the keynote speeches at the Euromat Gaming Summit, 4 – 6 June, 2018, in Monaco.
  • Early bird tickets for the Gaming Summit, the conference of the German slot machine industry, on June 14 in Berlin are now available.
  • 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 International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) will be organizing their annual autumn conference in Prague, Czech Republic, 5-7 September 2018.
  • Eurocoin Gamingis inviting its customers to participate in a two-day co-creation workshop in order to design a new game concept for the Dutch market on September 12-13.
  • 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.
  • Betting on Sports Week returns to London in September. Over 2,000 delegates from across the world will make their way to the Betting on Sports Week to join the international betting and gaming trade conferences Betting on Sports 2018 and Betting on eSports 2018, held 18-21 September at Olympia London.
  • The 2018 edition of Blockchain Live will feature eight conference stages, including one focused on gaming and gambling. No less than 3,000 attendees are expected to gather in The Grand Hall, Olympia, London on September 26, 2018.
  • The Lisbon Affiliate Conference will take place on 17-20 October 2018 and is expected to bring together the key stakeholders in the iGaming affiliate industry.


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  • A detailed follow-up discussion of the Ministry of Justice and Security’s forthcoming Dutch-language information session on the secondary legislation that is to accompany the Dutch remote gaming bill. Special attention will be given to technical and operational requirements.
  • Guillermo Olagüe Sánchez, Deputy Head at the Spanish regulator DGOJ, will share his insights on how to establish healthy online, as well as land-based gaming and betting markets.
  • A discussion of the recent, high-profile rulingby the Dutch Council of State on the current numbers lottery, instant lottery, and sports betting monopolies.
  •  A keynote speech by Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart.

Awards Dinner

To celebrate the achievements of the licensed Dutch gaming industry, the very first Responsibility in Gaming Awards will be presented on June 19 at an exclusive awards dinner. Don’t miss it!

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Other News

The government of the German federal state of Nordrhein-Westfalen is looking to privatize the four casino’s of the state-owned Westspiel group.


France’s regulated online gambling market grew across all verticals in the first quarter of 2018 as active player ranks surged by one-quarter.


Industry stakeholders call Norway’s new gambling rules, which were introduced earlier this week, “pure symbolism.”


The Irish government is looking to introduce new laws to target problem gambling.


Czech Republic gaming operator Sazka Group has acquired Croatia’s largest sports betting operator SuperSport.


Having earlier declared gambling a state monopoly, Moldova is now handing control over gambling and lotteries to two European companies under a public-private partnership.


International betting integrity body ESSA has published its integrity report for the first quarter of 2018, reporting 50 cases of suspicious betting activity to the relevant authorities during the period.


The Malta Gaming Authority has published a guidance document on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25 May 2018.


Stars Group has launched a special promotion that will offer customers the chance to win a jackpot prize of £100m (€113.23m) during this summer’s FIFA World Cup.


During the upcoming FIFA World Cup, NetEnt will offer Live Sports Roulette, allowing players to keep up with scores and real time updates, while enjoying live roulette.


Kambihas signed a long-term extension to its sportsbook partnership with the Kindred Group.


Paddy Power Betfairhas said it is making progress against “strategic priorities,” despite reporting a year-on-year drop in revenue and operating profit in the first quarter.


LeoVegasreported revenue growth of 76% for Q1 to €77.4m.


Issuing its trading update for the 17 weeks up to 24 April, international bookmaker William Hillhas reported strong growth in its online and US divisions.


Yggdrasil Gaming, the Swedish-based online and mobile developer, has increased its revenue by 73% year-on-year according to the company’s Q1 2018 report.


Scientific Gameshas agreed a partnership with GeoComply ahead of the potential expansion of legalized sports betting in the US