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GiH News Roundup: Gaming Laboratories International to acquire NMi; UKGC publishes new enforcement strategy

GiH News Roundup: Gaming Laboratories International to acquire NMi; UKGC publishes new enforcement strategy

US-headquartered testing and certification services provider Gaming Laboratories International has agreed a deal to acquire fellow compliance testing outfit NMi Gaming. The new combination will be the leading supplier of testing and compliance services to the global gaming industry. Dutch Senators have asked the State Secretary of Security and Justice to explicitly refer to the recent decision by the Court[Read More…]

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Betsson Threatens Legal Action Against KSA Enforcement …and More!

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Betsson Threatens Legal Action Against KSA Enforcement …and More!

Sportech Wins Dutch Tote Betting Contract Following an open tender process that started in November last year, incumbent provider Sportech has won the Dutch tote betting contract. The new license will run for five years, from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2022.   Even though remote gaming is still in the process of being regulated in the Netherlands, Sportech[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: details on new Holland Casino branch announced; Dutch filmmaker releases short poker film; FOBT review postponed

GiH News Roundup: details on new Holland Casino branch announced; Dutch filmmaker releases short poker film; FOBT review postponed

New details regarding the soon-to-be-built Holland Casino branch in Utrecht have been announced. A short film titled “Bonne Chance,”, with a bit part for Dutch poker professional Mark Roovers, has been released last week. Regulators from four European countries – France, Italy, Spain, Portugal – have confirmed they will sign a poker liquidity sharing agreement later this week. Kindred Group’s[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Betsson to ignore new KSA policy, announces legal action against enforcement; Sportech wins Dutch tote license

GiH News Roundup: Betsson to ignore new KSA policy, announces legal action against enforcement; Sportech wins Dutch tote license

On Friday, Malta-based Betsson publicly announced that the company would refuse to abide by the recent changes in the Netherlands Gaming Authority’s enforcement policy that would, among other things, see the regulator target operators that employ typically Dutch brand names or visual elements: Betsson purchased the brands Kroon and Orange when [the 2012 prioritisation] criteria were in place with legitimate[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: PokerStars relocates London office to Sofia; “Dutch gaming tax ought to be halved;” Colombia issues first online license

GiH News Roundup: PokerStars relocates London office to Sofia; “Dutch gaming tax ought to be halved;” Colombia issues first online license

Yesterday, the Netherlands Gaming Authority sent out its monthly newsletter, which included a “factsheet online enforcement,” a plea for instituting an EU-wide mechanism for collecting fines from unlicensed gambling operators, and a response to recent reports on the alleged dangers of amusement arcades. Former politician Robin Linschoten (VVD) believes that the Dutch government should halve the current gaming tax rate.[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Holland Casino sponsors Dutch bobsleigh team; US Supreme Court to consider challenge of federal sports betting ban

GiH News Roundup: Holland Casino sponsors Dutch bobsleigh team; US Supreme Court to consider challenge of federal sports betting ban

Holland Casino is the new sponsor of the Dutch bobsleigh team that currently trying to qualify for the Winter Olympics. Portugal’s National Association of Online Gamblers (ANAon) announced that it would be presenting parliament with a petition bearing the signatures of 4,600 gamblers who want their government to lessen the tax burden imposed on locally licensed online operators. One operator[Read More…]

Gaming in Holland Newsletter –  Dutch Industry and Regulator Draw Opposing Conclusions from CJEU Decision …and More!

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Dutch Industry and Regulator Draw Opposing Conclusions from CJEU Decision …and More!

Likely Dutch Government Coalition to Include Two Parties Opposed to Gambling Liberalization Former Minister of Finance Gerrit Zalm (VVD) has been appointed to help form a new coalition government consisting of VVD, CDA, D66, and ChristenUnie. The proposed government coalition will consist of two political groups (CDA and ChristenUnie) that are strongly opposed to further gambling liberalization.   Dutch Amusement[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Will the Netherlands’ gray online market pass CJEU muster? Europe’s biggest casino comes to Cyprus

GiH News Roundup: Will the Netherlands’ gray online market pass CJEU muster? Europe’s biggest casino comes to Cyprus

Former Dutch Minister of Finance Gerrit Zalm has been appointed to help form a new coalition government consisting of VVD, CDA, D66, and ChristenUnie. The proposed government coalition will consist of two political groups (CDA and ChristenUnie) that are strongly opposed to further gambling liberalization. The Netherlands will continue to have a gray online market for the foreseeable future, gaming[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: JVH to be sold? Postcode Loterij awards prize to player without ticket; enforcement action against UK operators

GiH News Roundup: JVH to be sold? Postcode Loterij awards prize to player without ticket; enforcement action against UK operators

Investment company Waterland is reportedly looking to sell the JVH gaming & entertainment group, owner of the Netherlands’ largest land-based AWP chain Jack’s Casino. According to several unnamed insiders, the investment firm is targeting potential buyers who are interested in creating synergies by also acquiring the soon-to-be-privatized Holland Casino chain. After a Dutch lottery player told the Postcode Loterij he[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Dutch industry reacts to CJEU decision that discriminatory gambling restrictions can not legally be enforced

GiH News Roundup: Dutch industry reacts to CJEU decision that discriminatory gambling restrictions can not legally be enforced

The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled yesterday in the case C-49/16 (Unibet International against Hungary) that member states are not allowed to restrict gambling operators licensed in another EU member state from operating in local markets, if these restrictions are imposed in a discriminatory or non-transparent manner: In those circumstances, the Court of Justice concludes that the[Read More…]