Jellien Roelofs and Dr Alan Littler, gaming experts at Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at Law, provide an update on the progress of gaming legislation in the Netherlands
In our previous article about the modernisation of the Dutch gaming regime (“Changes across the board”, GI November/December 2014), we expected remote gaming licencing to commence early in 2016. Whilst regulatory reforms have encountered delays, the Netherlands is on track to regulate remote gaming in 2017.
To briefly refresh your memory, the Remote Gaming Bill aims to create an open B2C licensing system in which licences are valid for five years. Amongst the permitted games are casino games, including poker, and exchange and sports betting against a 20% GGR tax rate. A key objective of the bill is to channel at least 80% of consumer demand to locally licensed operators, fuelled by the objective to protect consumers.
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Source: Gambling Insider: Dutch eyeing remote gaming regulation in 2017