Register for the 7th Annual Gaming in Holland Conference – Only 20 Days Left!

Only 20 days to go before the 7th annual Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo kicks off in Amsterdam! Register today or check out the event’s agenda here.

Conference highlights:

  • A detailed follow-up discussion of the Ministry of Justice and Security’s forthcoming information session on the secondary legislation that is to accompany the Dutch remote gaming bill.
  • 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.
  • Speeches by Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart and Nederlandse Loterij CEO Niels Onkenhout.
  • Two days of networking and an exclusive Awards Dinner to celebrate the achievements of the Dutch gaming industry.

 

Nomination Period for Responsibility in Gaming Awards Extended to June 7th

In most industry sectors it is entirely customary to celebrate success by offering businesses the opportunity to compete for awards that honor proven performers. Until now, no such awards were available for the licensed Dutch gaming industry.

The Responsibility in Gaming Awards will recognize outstanding performers for their work towards protecting the welfare of Dutch players, delivering first-class customer service, or advancing the sector through innovation.

Whether you are a major gaming firm or operate a single amusement hall, the Responsibility in Gaming Awards offer a suitable category for you to compete in.

For instance, there are three separate categories for Gaming Destination of the Year: small, medium, and large. There are also categories for Marketing Campaign of the Year, Responsible Gaming Initiative of the Year, and Industry Innovation of the Year.

Impress your customers, stakeholders, and business partners by taking home one of these prestigious awards.

The Responsibility in Gaming Awards are completely free and easy to enter. Those wishing to enter the awards must do so by midnight on 7th June 2018.

 

Dutch MPs Seek Additional Voluntary Restrictions on Payment Service Providers

MPs Stieneke van der Graaf (ChristenUnie) and Madeleine van Toorenburg (CDA) tabled parliamentary questions on the recent suicide of a problem gambler. The aim of their questions appears to be to introduce further voluntary restrictions on payments to unlicensed online gaming operators.

Ironically, both ChristenUnie and CDA voted against the remote gaming bill, which introduces non-voluntary, legally enforceable restrictions on offering payment services to unlicensed operators.

Late last year, the Council of State, the Netherlands’ highest administrative court, found that under existing legislation the Netherlands Gaming Authority is not authorized to impose penalty payments on payment service providers who offer their services to online gaming operators.

 

Netherlands Gaming Authority Interviews Gaming Expert: “Regulation More Effective than Prohibition”

The Netherlands Gaming Authority interviewed gambling and esports expert Professor Brett Abarbanel (UNLV).

Commenting on the current ban on online gaming in the Netherlands, Abarbanel said that “regulation is more effective than prohibition. People will play regardless. It’s part of human nature.”

“I strongly believe in industry self-regulation, albeit in combination with government oversight. Technology is developing incredibly fast. Sometimes it is better to wait and see what happens, instead of trying to pre-empt every possibility with detailed regulation.”

 

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 Gaming is 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 Livewill 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 Conferencewill take place on 17-20 October 2018and is expected to bring together the key stakeholders in the iGaming affiliate industry.

 

JVH gaming Acquires Flamingo Casino

Arcade hall operator JVH gaming and the shareholders of Flamingo Casino, a Dutch gaming operator with 15 casinos and more than 200 employees, have reached an agreement on the acquisition of Flamingo Casino by JVH gaming.

Although no financial details were disclosed, experts see an expected transaction value of 6-7x EBITDA (ca. € 40m), and with synergies this could be a good addition to JVH’s portfolio.

Eric Olders, CEO JVH gaming: “Following the acquisition of eleven Krijco Casinos in 2015 and a series of new casino openings in recent years, we are very pleased to add Flamingo Casino to our organization. Flamingo has always been a highly-respected and professional competitor in our sector and we are looking forward to continuing our growth together.”

Following the acquisition, JVH will operate a total of 81 branches. Annual GGR of the combination is estimated to be upward of € 175m.

As international gaming firms Novomatic and Gauselmann are both looking to aggressively expand their presence in the Dutch land-based market, further market consolidation is expected.

The privatization and partial break-up of Holland Casino, currently scheduled for 2020, is likely to spark a series of additional mergers and acquisitions.

More financial information on the Dutch land-based market will be available in the upcoming issue of the Gaming in Holland Magazine. Order your free copy by sending an email to: freesubscription@gaminginholland.com.

 

Other News

According to its latest estimates, the Dutch government is likely to collect considerably less gambling taxes in 2018 than previously expected: €509m instead of €540m.

 

To celebrate the newly-concluded strategic partnership between Gaming in Holland and Holland Casino, dozens of guests were invited for a tour and exclusive dinner at Holland Casino’s newest branch: Holland Casino Amsterdam West. Photos of the event are available here. We would like to thank Holland Casino, and CEO Erwin van Lambaart in particular, for their hospitality!

 

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has published its complaint procedure, outlining how it will handle complaints of Netherlands-licensed operators.

 

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has further clarified the rules surrounding the popular Fun4Four slot machines.

 

Five major Belgian operators will launch a responsible gaming campaign ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup.

 

Paddy Power Betfair has confirmed that it will create a new US-facing subsidiary, joining forces with daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel.

 

Online operator Mr Green has rebranded as MRG and announced it has paid €2.8m for a 75% stake in Latvian-licensed operator 11.lv.

 

The Malta Gaming Authority hopes to launch a unified self-exclusion system across all its online gambling licensees.

 

LeoVegas has launched a new front-end platform across all its products to improve speed and SEO, as well as to cut back on the need for UK affiliates.

 

GVC Holdings has anticipated that the slashing of FOBT maximum stakes from £100 to £2 will see the firm’s Group EBITDA fall by £160 million by the end of 2019.

 

GVC shareholders are rebelling over £67m in proposed executive pay awarded to two of the company’s bosses.

 

France’s Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has rolled out a daily fantasy sports service in partnership with Sportnco.

 

bwin has joined forces with tech start-up Tokabo to launch a new betting chatbot service designed to strengthen engagement with customers.

 

International Game Technology (IGT) has agreed a long-term deal to provide an online bingo solution and related services to Norwegian state lottery operator Norsk Tipping.

 

The Alitzeti consortium and Betfred have entered into a deal worth up to £150m for UK bookmakers the Tote.

 

The UK Gambling Commission will continue to push for diversity and inclusion, the regulator’s CEO, Neil McArthur, said.

 

32Red is reportedly being investigated by the UK Gambling Commission for AML and social responsibility failings.

 

Swedish online gambling operator Cherry AB has officially sacked its CEO after his arrest on insider trading charges.

 

Argentinian tennis player Nicolas Kicker has been found guilty of match-fixing and other offenses by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

 

Australian land-based and online gaming supplier Aristocrat Leisure has revealed a 28.5% year-on-year rise in its revenue for the six months up to 31 March 2018.

 

The Catalan government has awarded the exploitation of a casino in the touristic region Vila-seca and Salou to Hard Rock.

 

Metric Gaming and Nektan have linked up to provide a fully integrated complete racing and sportsbook offering to the US market.

 

Lawmakers from Washington D.C. have become the latest to discuss the issue of sports betting legalization following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn PASPA.

 

Lawmakers from Turkey have launched an investigation into 13 casinos based in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as a part of a wider investigation into alleged money laundering and illegal betting.

 

Gaming regulators in the Australian state of New South Wales have launched a probe into Tatts Group’s campaign against online lottery betting operator Lottoland.

 

The Las Vegas casino industry received a blow yesterday, after hospitality union members resoundingly voted in favor of authorizing a citywide strike.