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GiH News Roundup: gov’t measures introduce uncertainty in Italian gambling market; The Stars Group records impressive Q2 performance

GiH News Roundup: gov’t measures introduce uncertainty in Italian gambling market; The Stars Group records impressive Q2 performance

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has reinstated the previous obligation of the Dutch State Lottery (Staatsloterij) to remit at least 15% of GGR to the Dutch state’s coffers. “The new Italian government does not like gambling on a pretty visceral level and it intends to use legislation to reduce it – perhaps significantly. […] this makes a material position in Italy’s[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Belgian Gambling Commission sanctions Ladbrokes; UKGC to conduct new research on gambling-related harm

GiH News Roundup: Belgian Gambling Commission sanctions Ladbrokes; UKGC to conduct new research on gambling-related harm

The Belgian Gambling Commission sanctioned Ladbrokes by ordering the firm to close all its local betting offices for one day, as the operator was caught offering unlicensed virtual sports betting products to its Belgian customers. The Italian parliament has given final approval to outlaw gambling advertising. Italy’s gambling regulator AAMS has a new head after Benedetto Mineo was appointed to[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: WSOP returns to Rotterdam; Swedish regulator receives 22 license applications on first day of submissions

GiH News Roundup: WSOP returns to Rotterdam; Swedish regulator receives 22 license applications on first day of submissions

The 2018-19 World Series of Poker International Circuit will visit Holland Casino Rotterdam from August 31 through September 8, 2018. The Dutch state has withdrawn its appeal in cassation against an earlier decision by the Appeals Court in The Hague with regard to the specific height of the tax adjustments that were imposed on a Dutch online poker player. The[Read More…]

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Industry Reacts to Ministry of Justice Reply to Senate Questions on Remote Gaming Bill …and More!

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Industry Reacts to Ministry of Justice Reply to Senate Questions on Remote Gaming Bill …and More!

Netherlands Gaming Authority Seeks Strict Separation between Gaming and Gambling The Dutch regulator is considering several measures to ensure that gaming and gambling remain strictly separated, including limiting advertising opportunities for games containing gambling-related elements and introducing age requirements for such games. The Gaming Authority seeks to discuss the feasibility of these and other measures with (social) gaming providers and[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Ministry of Justice responds to Senate questions on Remote Gaming and Casino Reform Bills

GiH News Roundup: Ministry of Justice responds to Senate questions on Remote Gaming and Casino Reform Bills

Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker has finally responded to the Senate’s second round of written question on the Remote Gaming Bill. Dekker also responded to the Senate’s questions on the Casino Reform Bill. Additionally, the minister informed the Lower House how the government intends to give effect to a number of motions regarding his bill that were adopted by[Read More…]

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman Steps Down …and More!

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman Steps Down …and More!

  Netherlands Gaming Authority Hits Bet-at-Home with €410,000 Fine The Netherlands Gaming Authority has fined online operator bet-at-home €410,000 for offering online gambling in the Netherlands without a license. The Frankfurt-listed operator was sanctioned for specifically targeting Dutch consumers by promoting its products in the Dutch language, incorporating the Dutch flag in its marketing, and allowing its website to be accessed[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman steps down; Gaming Authority hits operator bet-at-home with €410,000 fine

GiH News Roundup: Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman steps down; Gaming Authority hits operator bet-at-home with €410,000 fine

Netherlands Gaming Authority CEO Marja Appelman will step down from her position as of August 1, 2018. The Board of Directors of the Gaming Authority will henceforth take over the duties of the CEO. In her farewell interview, Appelman once more stresses the need for a quick enactment of the Remote Gaming Bill. The Netherlands Gaming Authority has fined online[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: gaming and gambling increasingly intertwined, Netherlands Gaming Authority warns; Spain lowers gambling tax rate

GiH News Roundup: gaming and gambling increasingly intertwined, Netherlands Gaming Authority warns; Spain lowers gambling tax rate

Gaming and gambling are becoming increasingly intertwined, two new studies commissioned by the Netherlands Gaming Authority show. One in two players of social (casino) games eventually moves from gaming into gambling. Addiction care professional Dick de Bruin, author of one of the two above-mentioned studies, says that gaming and gambling should remain, contrary to current trends, strictly separated. The Ministry[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Denmark and the Czech Republic record online growth; gaming brands launch successful World Cup advertising campaigns

GiH News Roundup: Denmark and the Czech Republic record online growth; gaming brands launch successful World Cup advertising campaigns

Denmark’s regulated gambling market revenue grew nearly 9% in the first quarter of 2018, largely on the strength of its online casino licensees. In 2017, the Czech Republic’s regulated online gambling market shot up 56% year-on-year to CZK8.3b, representing slightly more than one-fifth of the overall market. Gambling brands have provided some of the most popular and effective UK advertising[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: UK betting firms to face “relentless escalation” in financial penalties; Italy’s gambling ad ban scheduled for 2019

GiH News Roundup: UK betting firms to face “relentless escalation” in financial penalties; Italy’s gambling ad ban scheduled for 2019

The Stars Group has raised $622 million in a public offering of common shares to help fund its $4.7 billion purchase of Sky Betting & Gaming. Games provider Pragmatic Play has acquired Novomatic’s live casino solutions firm Extreme Live Gaming for an undisclosed amount. Gaming Realms has agreed a deal to sell a 70% stake in most of its UK[Read More…]