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GiH News Roundup: registration period for Dutch tote betting license tender has ended; gaming operators among Sweden’s largest ad buyers

GiH News Roundup: registration period for Dutch tote betting license tender has ended; gaming operators among Sweden’s largest ad buyers

The registration period for the Dutch tote betting license tender has ended. The Netherlands Gaming Authority said it has moved on to the selection phase, but did reveal neither the number nor the identity of the applicants. Nine operators, including PokerStars, Bet365, GVC Holdings, and Paddy Power Betfair, have been forced to put their regulated Czech Republic entry on hold[Read More…]

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Founder of Postcode Loterij Donates Shares to Non-Profit Foundation …and More!

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Founder of Postcode Loterij Donates Shares to Non-Profit Foundation …and More!

Netherlands Gaming Authority Extends Sportech’s Tote Betting License until July 1, 2017 While awaiting the outcome of the ongoing tender for an exclusive five-year horse racing and harness racing totalizator betting license, the Netherlands Gaming Authority has extended the expiring license of current licensee Sportech until July 1, 2017. The extension, however, is in clear violation of EU law, gaming[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Boudewijn Poelmann on giving away his shares in Novamedia; the binary options industry in 2017; investing in gaming stocks

GiH News Roundup: Boudewijn Poelmann on giving away his shares in Novamedia; the binary options industry in 2017; investing in gaming stocks

The results checker of Staatsloterij malfunctioned following the operator’s New Year’s Eve draw. Some players are claiming that threw away their winning tickets. According to gaming lawyer Frank Tolboom of Kalff Katz & Franssen, these players are out of luck, even though some form of legal settlement would not be entirely unthinkable. But only if these punters will somehow be[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Staatsloterij suffers results checker malfunction; Novamedia founders give away shares; William Hill leaves Czech Republic

GiH News Roundup: Staatsloterij suffers results checker malfunction; Novamedia founders give away shares; William Hill leaves Czech Republic

Staatsloterij (part of Nederlandse Loterij) received numerous complaints after its results checker malfunctioned following the lottery’s biggest-of-the-year New Year’s Eve draw. In response, the operator released this statement. Boudewijn Poelmann and Annemiek Hoogenboom, co-founders of Novamedia, the company owning the Postcode Lottery format, have donated their shares to a non-profit foundation in order to protect Novamedia as a “social enterprise.”[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Dutch lotteries to pay out €135.5m; “Powerball” most Googled term; lucky punter quits just in time

GiH News Roundup: Dutch lotteries to pay out €135.5m; “Powerball” most Googled term; lucky punter quits just in time

Dutch lottery players are hoping to take home part of the €135.5m in prizes that the country’s two largest lotteries will pay out following their draws on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. But while it’s nice to dream, winning the jackpot is rather unlikely. In 2016, the most Googled term in the US was “Powerball.” Surprisingly, 25% of[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: new appointments to Holland Casino’s supervisory board: Dutch court: “poker still a game of chance”

GiH News Roundup: new appointments to Holland Casino’s supervisory board: Dutch court: “poker still a game of chance”

Willem Brӧcker, member of Holland Casino’s supervisory board since August this year, has been appointed as the board’s chairman by the Minister of Finance. Brӧcker replaces Aat Schouwenaar whose term concluded. The Appeals Court in Amsterdam has once more confirmed poker’s legal classification as a game of chance. BBC radio show You & Yours took an in-depth look at the[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Kansspelautoriteit grants new lottery licenses; Four Lusketeers a man short; problem gambling among Irish athletes

GiH News Roundup: Kansspelautoriteit grants new lottery licenses; Four Lusketeers a man short; problem gambling among Irish athletes

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has granted new five-year charity lottery licenses, valid through 2021, to the following five operators: Nationale Postcode Loterij N.V.; VriendenLoterij N.V.; BankGiro Loterij N.V.; Lottovate Nederland B.V.; Stichting Samenwerkende Non-profit Loterijen (Nationale Stichting Grote Clubactie, Vereniging Scouting Nederland, Nationale Vereniging De Zonnebloem en Stichting Nationale Jeugd Fonds Jantje Beton). Professional poker team “The Four Lusketeers,” led[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Speel Verantwoord seeks to contribute in fight against match-fixing; Sweden gets pizza-themed online casino

GiH News Roundup: Speel Verantwoord seeks to contribute in fight against match-fixing; Sweden gets pizza-themed online casino

Speel Verantwoord, the Dutch trade association of online operators, wants to get officially inolved in the fight against match-fixing. “It is in our best interest,” Speel Verantwoord Director Rutger-Jan Hebben said. The draw for Spain’s famous Christmas lottery “El Gordo” (“The Fat One”) took place yesterday. Almost 15,000 people shared over €2bn in prizes. Photographs of the draw and the[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: technology against match-fixing; a good week for EveryMatrix; Playtech completes share buyback program

GiH News Roundup: technology against match-fixing; a good week for EveryMatrix; Playtech completes share buyback program

When it comes to tackling betting-related corruption, the role of technology is becoming increasingly important. Steven Burton, Director of Integrity, Governance & Sports Partnerships at Genius Sports, discusses the key developing technology trends in sport integrity and governance. Tracking customers’ movements indoors could potentially increase revenues, for instance for casino and slot machine arcade operators. Playtech has completed its previously[Read More…]

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Toto Scraps Payout Commission …and More!

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Toto Scraps Payout Commission …and More!

Happy Holidays from Gaming in Holland! During this season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have. We very much appreciate your interest in our newsletter and hope that the holidays and the coming year will bring you happiness and success. We wish you all the best as you embark on 2017 and hope to engage with[Read More…]