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GiH News Roundup: Will Dutch gaming legislation be EU proof? Swiss ICT org warns: no IP blocking; Bet365 “not operating illegally” in China

GiH News Roundup: Will Dutch gaming legislation be EU proof? Swiss ICT org warns: no IP blocking; Bet365 “not operating illegally” in China

Will Dutch gambling legislation be “EU proof” if the long-awaited remote gaming bill will be enacted? The differential treatment of online and offline gaming (lotteries and land-based betting) casts doubt on that ambition. Centrum voor Verantwoord Spelen (“Center for Responsible Gaming”) has released its annual report. Nederlandse Loterij is looking to hire a customer service agent for its Toto game.[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Italian betting market grew 28% y-o-y; Oulala raises funding; world’s third-largest economy legalizes casinos

GiH News Roundup: Italian betting market grew 28% y-o-y; Oulala raises funding; world’s third-largest economy legalizes casinos

Malta-based daily fantasy operator Oulala (whose CEO spoke at this year’s Gaming in Holland Conference) has raised €1.35m in its latest funding round. The firm intends to use the funds to gain more traction in the B2B sector, as well as enhance its presence in the European DFS market. The Italian sports betting market grew an impressive 28% year-on-year in[Read More…]

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Dutch Government Reacts to Remote Gaming Bill Motions …and More!

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Dutch Government Reacts to Remote Gaming Bill Motions …and More!

Save the Date: GiH/Speel Verantwoord Lunch @ICE On Wednesday, February 8, from 12:00 pm to 14:00 pm, Gaming in Holland and Speel Verantwoord will organize their traditional lunch at the ICE Totally Gaming Conference. Every year, professionals from all industry sectors, land-based, online, and lotteries, meet up in London against the backdrop of Europe’s premier gaming conference to discuss the[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: new table game for Holland Casino; Netherlands Gaming Authority takes action; Malta seeks to end geoblocking in the EU

GiH News Roundup: new table game for Holland Casino; Netherlands Gaming Authority takes action; Malta seeks to end geoblocking in the EU

This Thursday, the Holland Casino branch in Venlo will introduce a newly-designed table game “barbut,” which is derived from a traditional dice game that is played in the Eastern Mediterranean. If the game becomes sufficiently popular, it will be introduced in other Holland Casino branches as well. The Netherlands Gaming Authority has forcibly removed slot machines from several locations after[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: money can’t buy happiness, lottery winners find; another crackdown on CFDs; PartyPoker hires tennis legend Boris Becker

GiH News Roundup: money can’t buy happiness, lottery winners find; another crackdown on CFDs; PartyPoker hires tennis legend Boris Becker

74% of lucky lottery players who won one million euros or more, reported no increase in happiness, according to a customer survey by Dutch operator Postcode Loterij. Dutch art school students and the Centrum voor Verantwoord Spelen (“Center for Responsible Gaming”) have teamed up to warn of the risks of excessive gambling through several short video clips. Three Dutch inventors[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: Dutch government reacts to remote gaming motions; FOBT reforms; betting customers “not interested” in your brand

GiH News Roundup: Dutch government reacts to remote gaming motions; FOBT reforms; betting customers “not interested” in your brand

In addition to a large number of amendments, the Dutch Lower House also adopted several non-binding motions when that body voted on the remote gaming bill in early July. State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice has now officially responded to these motions; adopting some, dismissing others. For instance: license holders will be obligated to remind players of their[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: the importance of Malta’s gaming industry; William Hill rebuffed by prospective CEO’s; more on spread betting

GiH News Roundup: the importance of Malta’s gaming industry; William Hill rebuffed by prospective CEO’s; more on spread betting

The Malta-based gaming industry generated around €700 million in economic activity in 2015, which translates into around 10% of the Maltese economy. “William Hill has been rebuffed by several candidates approached to become its new chief executive, highlighting the UK bookmaker’s struggle to find a suitable figure willing to accept the challenge of turning around the business,” the Financial Times[Read More…]

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Netherlands Gaming Authority Announces New Enforcement Policy …and More!

Gaming in Holland Newsletter – Netherlands Gaming Authority Announces New Enforcement Policy …and More!

Does the Dutch State Actually Own Holland Casino? The Works Council of Holland Casino has instituted proceedings against the organization’s management in front of the Enterprise Division of the Appeals Court in Amsterdam, claiming that Holland Casino is, formally speaking, a foundation. As foundations do not have shareholders, the implication of the works council’s claim is that the Dutch State[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: enmity between MP and Unibet; funding for Dutch Olympic sports  remains steady; KSA announces winner of thesis award

GiH News Roundup: enmity between MP and Unibet; funding for Dutch Olympic sports remains steady; KSA announces winner of thesis award

State Secretary of Security and Justice Klaas Dijkhoff answered questions from MP Madeleine van Toorenburg (CDA) regarding the removal of gambling apps from Dutch app stores. If there is one thing her questions make abundantly clear, it is that Van Toorenburg has it out for operator Unibet. Funding for Dutch Olympic Sports will remain steady, thanks to a slight uptick[Read More…]

GiH News Roundup: What’s next for Holland? Danish and Spanish gambling stats; internet governance and online gaming

GiH News Roundup: What’s next for Holland? Danish and Spanish gambling stats; internet governance and online gaming

What’s next for the Dutch gaming market? EGR Intel, Gaming in Holland, and SBTech hosted a briefing on the latest regulatory developments in the Dutch gaming, betting, and lottery markets. State Secretary Eric Wiebes responded to questions by members of the Dutch Senate regarding appointments to the supervisory boards of Holland Casino and Nederlandse Loterij. Gaming test lab Trisigma will[Read More…]