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Gaming in Holland webinar | Navigating risk and compliance as a Netherlands-licensed operator

The re-regulation of (online) gambling in the Netherlands, as well as other (trans)national legislation, has created a renewed industry focus on regulatory compliance obligation.


Effective risk management relies on corroborating several sources of information and applying a risk-based approach.


Join the GiH webinar Navigating risk and compliance as a Netherlands-licensed operator on April 29 at 15:00 CET to gain an understanding of the relevant Dutch regulation, risks to your business, and possibilities for automating your risk workflow. The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • The legislative and regulatory framework

  • How to comply with local AML regulations (Wwft)

  • How to screen your clients against different lists

  • Screening challenges (risk framework, remediation, false positives)

  • Ongoing monitoring

  • Process automation

Speakers

  • Dr. Alan Littler, lawyer at Kalff Katz & Franssen

  • Dave van Gulik, Director of Trust Alliance Compliance Solutions

  • Andrea Thian, Proposition Sales Specialist Risk, Refinitiv (an LSEG business)

Register today: https://bit.ly/3cUM334


Dutch government launches pilot program that allows visiting casinos after negative Covid-19 test

Later this month, the Dutch government will launch a pilot program allowing people wo are able to show a negative Covid-19 test to participate in certain activities and events.


Holland Casino, as well as several land-based gaming arcades will participate in this pilot. Initially, the selected locations will be allowed to admit a limited number of visitors over the course of a single day.


If successful, this pilot program will be the prelude to wider re-opening of the Dutch economy.

Holland Casino implements Mindway AI self-test


Holland Casino has implemented Mindway AI's award-winning Gamalyze self-test allowing their customers to gain insight into their gambling behavior. The Gamalyze self-test is part of Holland Casino's new responsible gambling page that includes information on how to gamble responsibly and how to get help if risky behavior persists.


Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart: "With the entry into force on 1 April 2021 of the Remote Gambling Act, the government has taken an important step towards modernizing the Netherlands’ gambling addiction prevention policy. Accordingly, Holland Casino has updated the information we publish on our website regarding responsible gaming. The self-test we have added is an excellent, innovative example of how we take seriously our responsibility to promote responsible gaming.”


UK Gambling Commission launches new three-year corporate strategy

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has unveiled its new three-year corporate strategy which sets out the Commission’s focus as it continues to protect the public and players from harm.


The UKGC's new strategy will be delivered through five priority areas:

  • protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed by gambling

  • a fairer market and more informed consumers

  • keeping crime out of gambling

  • optimizing returns to good causes from the National Lottery

  • improving gambling regulation


The key differences between the current and previous three-year strategies appear to be an even greater focus on increasing protections for minors and vulnerable people and reducing gambling-related criminal activity.


Gambling Commission chair Bill Moyes said: "Our new three-year strategy maintains the ambition of our previous strategy and goes further in considering how best we can use our current resources. Additionally, the launch of the Gambling Act Review was a pivotal moment earlier this year and whilst our work continues, we are aware that we must continue to adjust and challenge ourselves depending on the outcomes of the Review.”


Upcoming events

Events

The following events may be of interest to the GiH community.

  • The third edition of CasinoBeats Summit will return to Malta from 13 – 15 July, 2021, as part of Summer iGaming Week organized in partnership with KPMG and Gaming Malta.

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

  • The 2021 Gaming in Holland Conference has been scheduled for 1 October, 2021 – the very day that the regulated Dutch online market finally opens. Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman René Jansen has agreed to deliver the keynote speech. Save the date!

  • SiGMA Europe has been rescheduled to 16 – 18 November, 2021.

  • The Betting on Sports America conference and expo has been scheduled for 30 November – 2 December, 2021 and will bring together all the major players in the fast-growing North American sports betting industry.

  • The World Gaming Executive Summit is returning live on 6 – 8 December, 2021 at the W Hotel, Barcelona.

  • ICE London and iGB Affiliate London have been postponed to 1 – 3 February, 2022.

Webinars and virtual events

  • The European Association for the Study of Gambling (EASG) has announced two new webinars. On April 15 at 11:00 CET, the EASG will present a webinar on match-fixing and integrity, followed on April 22 at 11:00 CET by a webinar on Covid-19 and problem gambling.

  • On April 15, casino trainer Arjan Korstjens will host a free online sample workshop to introduce his upcoming land-based casino marketing course.

  • Don't miss the upcoming Gaming in Germany webinar “Regulatory update & policy principles” on April 21, offering the latest news on the regulation of Germany's online gambling market.

Netherlands Gambling Authority has begun processing remote license applications

Following initial technical difficulties, the Netherlands Gambling Authority has started taking applications for online gambling licenses. The regulated Dutch online market is scheduled to open on October 1.


ZEbetting & Gaming, the current Dutch horseracing betting monopolist, may have been the vey first operator to successfully submit its application. Reportedly, Holland Casino and L&L Europe Ltd (Polder Casino) have also submitted their applications.


Operators who submit their applications prior to April 15 will be allowed to submit the certified audit report of their game system, which should normally be part of the initial license application, up to three months later, until July 1, 2021.


As a result, most of the expected 35 first-round license applications will likely be submitted during the first two weeks of April.


Other news

In response to Parliamentary questions regarding Nederlandse Loterij's controversial but highly successful “Koning Toto” advertising campaign, State Secretary of Finance Hans Vijlbrief said that the state-owned operator's future marketing campaigns will take greater care to avoid targeting young adults.


In this podcast, Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart discusses how the operator deals with the complete lack of income due to the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.


Kindred Group has completed the previously announced acquisition of Belgium's Casino Blankenberge from the Rank Group.


A new report commissioned by GambleAware has found a link between spending on loot boxes and risky gambling behavior.


Goldman Sachs believes that US iGaming growth will outpace the growth in other eCommerce sectors.

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