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Holland Casino CEO to Headline Opening Session of GiH Conference ...and More!

Holland Casino CEO to Headline Opening Session of GiH Conference

Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart has agreed to headline the opening session at day 1 (June 7) of next week's Gaming in Holland Conference.

As the Dutch government recently decided to go ahead with the privatization of the state-owned casino chain (which is expected for 2017), Mr. Van Lambaart's contribution is not be missed!

An Appeal to Parliament

Because the plenary debate on the Dutch remote gaming bill has been postponed once more, the debate will now take place in week 25 (on June 21, 22, or 23) at the earliest.

It now appears, contrary to earlier assurances, that the postponements, including the latest, were politically motivated, thus depriving nearly one million Dutch players of a safe and regulated online gaming market.

Gaming in Holland invites all participants in our upcoming conference, taking place on June 7-8, to support our appeal to Parliament to finally debate the bill.

Following each session, we will invite speakers and audience members to participate in our call to action. Subsequently, we will present the resulting video compilation to Parliament.

It is time to take action and let ourselves be heard. Join us in Amsterdam!

Gaming in Holland Conference Update

Due to the latest postponement of the debate on the remote gaming bill, all participants in our June conference will receive a free invitation, once the bill passes the Lower House, to a special remote gaming session taking place this fall.

Although we will still discuss the remote gaming bill with, among others, Marja Appelman (CEO at the Netherlands Gaming Authority) and Dennis van Breemen (Program Manager at the Ministry of Security and Justice), the upcoming privatization of Holland Casino is now high on our agenda.

Apart from the contribution of Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart, Ron Goudsmit, Honorary President of the European Casino Association and former Senior VP at Holland Casino, and Richard Noble, COO at UK casino Aspers, will both speak at length on this topic as well

There will also be a session dedicated to the future funding of charities and sports in the Netherlands with Peter-Paul de Goeij, MD of Lottovate Netherlands; Anneloes Kokhuis, Marketing Manager at the Royal Dutch Cycling Union; and Esther Roelofs, former Commercial Manager at NOC*NSF.

We will also discuss responsible gaming, including a presentation of the new Bet.ter app.

There will be plenty of opportunities for networking during coffee breaks (offered to you by Playtech) and lunches provided by renowned chef and self-proclaimed “culinary entertainer” Marc Rewinkel.

At night, we will take you on a canal cruise to Jamie Oliver's FIFTEEN restaurant for a four course dinner with local and international executives and industry insiders.

There are still a few spots open: click here to register.

New Conference Location

Due to the current number of attendees at this year's edition, we decided to move to a bigger location: the characteristic TOBACCO Theater, located directly at one of Amsterdam's cultural hotspots.

Please note: those who have already registered will be sent additional information on our conference before the weekend.

Dutch Court: New Operator Lottovate Wrongly Denied Lottery License

The Netherlands Gaming Authority wrongly denied a charity lottery license to new entrant Lottovate, the District Court in Amsterdam found (read the full verdict here).

At present, four charity lottery licenses have been issued in the Netherlands, three of which are held by lotteries operated by the same company: Novamedia.

Although the Dutch government has been planning to remove some restrictions on the local lottery market and to allow new operators, these reforms would not be introduced until 2017 at the earliest. Until that time, new operators would be denied entrance to the Dutch market – a measure the Amsterdam Court now deems illegal.

Netherlands Gaming Authority Adopt New Addiction Prevention Strategy

The Netherlands Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit) has adopted its new addiction prevention strategy, following the completion of a comprehensive public consultation.

According to its new strategy, the Kansspelautoriteit will:

  1. accept the individual responsibility of the (adult) player;

  2. monitor and support the duty of care of operators;

  3. monitor proactively – taking into account, however, the respective responsibilities of players and operators;

  4. fulfill a coordinating role, aimed at clarifying responsibilities and sharing of knowledge.

How Should Dutch Sports Be Funded?

Eight insiders respond to the proposed funding strategy of NOC*NSF, the overall coordinating Dutch sports organization.

Portuguese Sportsbetting Market Officially Re-Opens

Operator Betclic received the first license under the new regime, after the market temporarily closed following the adoption of new gaming laws in April 2015.

Under the new regime, turnover rather than gross gaming revenue is taxed, leading to effective tax rates that are close to commercially unviable. To make matters worse, former monopolist Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa (SCML), which also applied for a sports betting license, will face a tax rate that is almost 50% lower than other licensed operators.

Other News

Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners has further expanded its gambling portfolio by acquiring Italian betting operator Sisal Group.

The Czech Republic is edging closer to new gambling legislation.

Playtech is set to acquire Swedish game developer Quickspin.

Greek betting operator OPAP's Q1 profit fell more than one-quarter due to increased taxation.

Bookmaker Paddy Power just launched its very own cash card.

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