Gaming in Holland Newsletter - Dutch Lower House aims to tax all online casinos from January 1, 2021

Updated: Feb 3

“Holland Casino to become betting partner of Dutch professional football leagues”


The Netherlands largest newspaper, De Telegraaf, reported on Sunday that both Dutch professional leagues Eredivisie and Keuken Kampioen Divisie would sign betting partnerships with state-owned Holland Casino, ahead of the opening of the country’s regulated online betting market on September 1, 2021.


A Holland Casino spokesperson declined to confirm or deny the reporting.

Earlier this year, current sports betting monopolist De Lotto signed sponsorship agreements with several Dutch professional football clubs.


In related news, perennial top side AFC Ajax is rumored to have reached agreement with Kindred-owned Unibet over a betting partnership.


New class action claim foundation targets Dutch State Lottery


A new class action claim foundation, “Stichting Loterij Incasso,” has launched proceedings against the Dutch State Lottery (Staatsloterij) for past misleading advertising practices.

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands confirmed in 2015 that the Dutch State Lottery misled consumers between 2000 and 2008 over the odds of potentially winning a prize. As a result, at least two class action claim foundations and the occasional individual player launched proceedings against the state-owned lottery operator demanding the return of their original deposits.


Although the most high-profile claim by Stichting Loterijverlies ended in ignominy, there have also been marked individual successes.


The latest claim could potentially expose Nederlandse Loterij, parent company of the Dutch State Lottery, to significant losses.


Upcoming events


Events

  • Betting on Sports America, the largest dedicated sports betting trade show in the world, returns as a virtual event from 1 – 3 December.

  • The World Gaming Executive Summit will return as a virtual event from 7 – 9 December. Key themes on the agenda include AI, the future of land–based gaming, CSR, sustainable marketing, regulation updates, fantasy sports, and emerging marketing opportunities.

  • SiGMA Europe has moved its November event to 16 – 18 February, 2021.

  • ICE London 2021 will now take place 29 June – July 1, 2021, with the co-located iGB Affiliate London taking place 1 – 2 July.

  • iGB Live 2021 has also been moved to 28 September – 1 October, 2021, but will still take place in Amsterdam!

Webinars

  • VIXIO GamblingCompliance and EGBA have teamed up for the webinar “Anti-Money Laundering: New Challenges and Realities for Europe’s Gambling Sector” on 9 December at 15:00 CET.

  • Mindway AI has published an on-demand webinar on player profiling and efficient responsible gaming interventions.

  • Join the iGaming Next Power Hour every Friday @3pm CET for a short, compact, educational and social weekly digital gathering with some of the brightest and most connected minds of the industry.

Dutch Lower House aims to tax all online casinos from January 1, 2021

The Dutch Lower House has adopted a motion that would make all online operators that are active in the Dutch market liable to taxation by the country’s government from January 1, 2021.

The motion asks the Dutch government to ensure that all operators that are active in the Netherlands – whether licensed or not – will be “subject” to Dutch tax legislation.

How (and if) the government will implement this motion is currently unclear as the practical obstacles to meaningful implementation appear to be formidable.

However, the motion could certainly have consequences for online operators that intend to apply for a Dutch remote license from March 1, 2021 onward.

Other news

Interested in entering the regulated Dutch online market? Download this whitepaper to find out more about market outlook, challenges, and regulatory environment. The whitepaper has been produced by Willem van Oort’s consulting company Gran Via.

Dutch authorities made one arrest and issued sixteen fines after breaking up an illegal poker tournament.

Germany’s sports betting regulator, the Darmstadt Regional Council, has issued new sports betting licenses to Malta-based NetXBetting, the state lottery-owned brand Oddset and Tipster.de.

Kindred has criticized the Swedish government’s plan to extend gambling controls until June 2021, arguing that the policy will harm the country’s channelization goals.

However, Sweden’s regulator Spelinspektionen has expressed support for the measures, which include controversial deposit caps.

Meanwhile, Swedish market growth has tapered off in Q3 2020, increasing just 1% compared to the same period in the previous year.

Danish gambling revenue fell by 5% year-on-year to DKK1.53bn during Q3 2020, according to the latest figures released by the Danish Gambling Authority.

Catena Media has outlined plans to pursue new M&A opportunities and international expansion as it seeks to grow the global footprint of its affiliate marketing network.

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