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Just my Luck – The Trouble with Normal Wisdom. Guest Blog by Dan Waugh of Regulus Partners.

Just my Luck – The Trouble with Normal Wisdom. Guest Blog by Dan Waugh of Regulus Partners.

Normal – noun. Conforming to a standard; usual, typical or expected.” “Normalisation – noun. The process of bringing or returning of something to a normal condition or state.” I am not quite normal. I know this to be true because I have been told so repeatedly through my life – by family, friends, girlfriends, priests, colleagues, clients, doctors, witch doctors,[Read More…]

How to create an iGaming brand in a newly regulated market

How to create an iGaming brand in a newly regulated market

Two years ago, my 22-year-old son came home saying that he wanted to move to Malta because he had found a job with an iGaming firm. At that time, I knew a bit about social gaming, but the iGaming industry was then completely new to me. More than twenty trips to Malta later, having had long talks with people in[Read More…]

Guest blog by Michael Ellen – The adverse impact of fiscal pressure on player channelling

Guest blog by Michael Ellen – The adverse impact of fiscal pressure on player channelling

Michael Ellen is Principal Consultant at MGE Advisors. Higher gaming tax rates have a clear and adverse impact on the effectiveness of the regulatory regime, as measured by the percentage of players that is channelled toward licensed operators. The challenge faced by the Netherlands government, in legislating for its significant remote gambling sector, is one faced by many jurisdictions both[Read More…]

Forget the car, go for the elephant. A fresh look at casino marketing

Forget the car, go for the elephant. A fresh look at casino marketing

By Arjan Korstjens Win this car! Win this visit to Las Vegas! Win this city trip! Wherever I go – and I have seen quite a few casinos around the globe – the Grand Prize is… a car! Most of the time, of course, not just a regular car, but something special: a Ford Mustang, a Porsche, a Mercedes, etc.[Read More…]

Another Word on Compliance with EU Law – Justin Franssen & Dr Alan Littler, Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at Law

June 1st marks the point after which the Gaming Authority will follow a sharpened approach to enforcement whilst several voices claim that the decision of the CJEU in C-49/16 Unibet (22nd June), which revolves around the allocation of gambling licences, prevents the Gaming Authority from seeking enforcement measures against remote operators. As with many things in life, reality is more[Read More…]

Netherlands: remote  – an orange shade of grey. Guestblog by Michael Ellen, Partner at Regulus Partners

Netherlands: remote – an orange shade of grey. Guestblog by Michael Ellen, Partner at Regulus Partners

By Michael Ellen, Partner at Regulus Partners Netherlands: remote  – an orange shade of grey Within days of GB Gambling Commission’s clarification of its licensees’ responsibility for digital advertising placed on their behalf by others, the CEO of the Dutch regulator KSA has spoken on a parallel theme. One clear difference in the two underlying positions is that a regulated Dutch[Read More…]

Netherlands: online POC regulation – still failing to find the balance. Guestblog by Regulus Partners

Netherlands: online POC regulation – still failing to find the balance. Guestblog by Regulus Partners

The process of gambling reform in the Netherlands demonstrates a painfully typical four-way tug of war between (optically) mutually conflicting outcomes, which is adding to confusion and delay. On the one hand the regulator has carefully developed a regime, in draft, to capture and control the significant grey market activity of Dutch nationals by recognising substantially all products within an[Read More…]

The Pre-ICE Casino Debate – by Dr Alan Littler, Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at Law, Amsterdam

Shortly before the whirlwind of Kalff Katz & Franssen’s Annual Gaming Industry Event, at which Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart spoke, and the ICE in London, the House of Representatives passed the casino reform bill on 31 January 2017. As I noted in the last edition of this blog changes in the lottery sector have arisen, ahead of those[Read More…]

Remote Gaming Update: 2017 – Will it, won’t it? by Dr Alan Littler, Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at Law, Amsterdam

Remote Gaming Update: 2017 – Will it, won’t it? by Dr Alan Littler, Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at Law, Amsterdam

2017 should be the year that the remote gaming bill (finally) becomes law and licence applications can be submitted to the Gaming Authority (towards the end of the year). Several significant stages have to be cleared first (see December 2016’s contribution).  Yet change is already taking place in the Netherlands, licences for “non-incidental” lotteries are now available. In December 2016,[Read More…]

Guestblog by Wim van der Duin: the Remote Gaming Law

Guestblog by Wim van der Duin: the Remote Gaming Law

Door Wim van der Duin Na de uitspraken van het Hof van Justitie in de zaken Ladbrokes en Betfair kon  met enige voorzichtigheid  worden  gesteld dat het Nederlandse kansspelstelsel Europaproof was. Met de nieuwe wet ‘Kansspelen op   afstand’ is dat niet meer zo zeker. Loterijproducten kunnen niet van de regulering worden uitgezonderd. Het open stelsel voor de online vergunningen maakt[Read More…]