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GiH News Roundup: Holland Casino launches “Escape Roulette;” Playtech rolls out flagship live casino; UK could face betting shop closures

GiH News Roundup: Holland Casino launches “Escape Roulette;” Playtech rolls out flagship live casino; UK could face betting shop closures

Holland Casino Enschede has a new game: Escape Roulette, an exciting game that takes place in the Netherlands’ biggest escape room. Playtech has completed the launch of its flagship live casino “Grand Royale.” Jim Mullen, chief executive of Ladbrokes Coral Group, has warned that proposed changes to stake limits on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the UK could lead to[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: proponents of gambling liberalization win election; Nederlandse Loterij to migrate all player accounts to single website

GiH News Roundup: proponents of gambling liberalization win election; Nederlandse Loterij to migrate all player accounts to single website

Yesterday’s Dutch parliamentary election was convincingly won by the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), the Netherlands’ most enthusiastic proponent of a liberalized gaming market. Any viable coalition, however, will need the support of the Christian Democrats (CDA), who are outspoken opponents of regulated online gaming. Next week, Nederlandse Loterij will migrate all player accounts to a single website.[Read More…]

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…]