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Gaming in Holland Newsletter – The Stakes of the Dutch Election …and More!

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – The Stakes of the Dutch Election …and More!

Dutch Court: VAT on Slot Machine Gambling Violates Neutrality Principle Until July 1, 2008, operators of slot machines in the Netherlands were charged VAT while other forms of gambling were exempt of this tax. The Appeals Court of Arnhem-Leeuwarden has now judged that this distinction violated the neutrality principle. As a consequence, an unnamed slot machine operator will receive a[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: bookies predict Dutch election outcome; Isle of Man assists Dutch revenue service; Germany criminalizes match-fixing

GiH News Roundup: bookies predict Dutch election outcome; Isle of Man assists Dutch revenue service; Germany criminalizes match-fixing

British bookmakers are predicting that the PVV will win tomorrow’s Lower House elections. Authorities at the Isle of Man are cooperating with the Dutch revenue service to identify punters owing gambling tax in the Netherlands. German lawmakers have approved legislation to criminalize match-fixing and betting related fraud. The legislation to criminalize betting-related manipulation of sport by athletes, trainers and officials[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Dutch court ends account preservation order against Staatsloterij; deadline for Senate questions extended

GiH News Roundup: Dutch court ends account preservation order against Staatsloterij; deadline for Senate questions extended

On Friday, a Dutch court ended the account preservation order which class action claimant Loterijverlies had obtained against the Staatsloterij (now part of Nederlandse Loterij). The order caused €121m in assets to be temporarily frozen. Loterijverlies is claiming compensation on behalf of thousands of lottery players for misleading advertising practices by the Dutch lottery operator. The permanent committee for Security[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Netherlands Gaming Authority to keep eye on State Lottery; JVH and Van der Valk to open sixth hotel-casino combination

GiH News Roundup: Netherlands Gaming Authority to keep eye on State Lottery; JVH and Van der Valk to open sixth hotel-casino combination

The Netherlands Gaming Authority is keeping a close eye on the Dutch State Lottery in the wake of the account preservation order that froze €121m of the lottery operator’s assets. JVH gaming and the Van der Valk hotel chain will soon start realizing their sixth hotel-casino combination in Akersloot, near Alkmaar. “Akersloot will not be our last hotel casino project,”[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: slot machine operators unlawfully charged VAT; State Lottery has assets frozen; German online casino reform in disarray

GiH News Roundup: slot machine operators unlawfully charged VAT; State Lottery has assets frozen; German online casino reform in disarray

Until July 1, 2008, operators of slot machines in the Netherlands were charged VAT while other forms of gambling were exempt of this tax. The Appeals Court of Arnhem-Leeuwarden has now judged that this distinction violated the neutrality principle. An unnamed slot machine operator will now receive a refund of almost €25m. Loterijverlies has unexpectedly (and in spite of its[Read More…]

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Dutch Senate Decides on Second Round of Written Questions on Remote Gaming Bill …and More!

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Dutch Senate Decides on Second Round of Written Questions on Remote Gaming Bill …and More!

Dates Not to Miss TODAY @16:00 CET/10:00 EST: “Don’t Gamble with Your IT Security:” a free webinar on the unique security threats faced by the iGaming industry. Register here. June 13-14 Save the date for the sixth edition of our annual Gaming in Holland Conference. This year, we will be moving to a new location, a great new home (which[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Senate to discuss way forward on remote gaming bill and casino reform bill; Betsson employed its 1000th employee in Malta

GiH News Roundup: Senate to discuss way forward on remote gaming bill and casino reform bill; Betsson employed its 1000th employee in Malta

This afternoon, the Permanent Committee for Security and Justice of the Dutch Senate will discuss the way forward with both the remote gaming bill and the casino reform bill. Gaming company Betsson has announced it has just employed its 1000th employee in Malta, whose combined salaries come to €40m. Even though online casinos are still illegal in the country, German-facing[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: German land-based operators on the offensive; Holland Casino launches new online promotional game; Betsson enters Spain

GiH News Roundup: German land-based operators on the offensive; Holland Casino launches new online promotional game; Betsson enters Spain

German land-based slot machine operators are betting on technical solutions to enhance player protections – and to prevent legislators from closing their casinos. Holland Casino is currently offering a promotional, free-to-participate online horse racing game. Winners may participate in a draw to win a trip to the Royal Ascot. Betsson enters the Spanish gaming market by acquiring the locally licensed[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: trust in UK gambling industry at all-time low; Postcode Lottery biggest gambling product in Sweden

GiH News Roundup: trust in UK gambling industry at all-time low; Postcode Lottery biggest gambling product in Sweden

Trust in the British gambling industry is at an all-time low among consumers, according to new figures (p. 32) from the Gambling Commission. A representative survey of 2,000 UK adults found just 34% agreed that gambling is “conducted fairly and can be trusted.” Slot halls, lotteries and on-course tote betting will be exempt from strict new anti-money laundering (AML) requirements,[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Council of State upholds illegal gambling fines; Danish market shows growth; February is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

GiH News Roundup: Council of State upholds illegal gambling fines; Danish market shows growth; February is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

The Dutch Council of State, which also functions as the country’s highest administrative court, has upheld fines issued by the Netherlands Gaming Authority to unlicensed online casino operators Bluemay Enterprises NV and Bluemay Enterprises Ltd. Holland Casino is looking to hire a Manager Cyber Security. Duindigt Racecourse has cancelled its first race of the season and may even stay closed[Read More…]