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Newsletter - Over 1,600 Dutch players now registered in national exclusion register CRUKS

Dutch government objects to lottery marketing on mental health website

MIND Platform, a mental health lobbying organization, has removed a promotion to participate in lottery games offered by its donors Nederlandse Loterij and Vriendenloterij from its website, writes State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Health, Welfare and Sport in response to Parliamentary questions.

Over the past four years, MIND Platform received €4.9m from Nederlandse Loterij and Vriendenloterij as charitable contributions.

Blokhuis further revealed that the Netherlands’ national addiction care database LADIS is currently not operational due to incompatibility with privacy legislation. As a result, no accurate information on the number of problem gamblers in the Netherlands is currently available. A legislative fix is, however, imminent, Blokhuis said.

German online market regulation continues to move forward: Learn more at the Gaming in Germany Conference

On July 1, a new German interstate gambling treaty (GlüStV 2021) entered into force. The treaty, for the first time ever, regulated most forms of online gambling throughout the entire country.

This new treaty is now slowly being implemented. The new national gambling authority, the Glücksspielbehörde, recently announced its leadership, while the state of Sachsen-Anhalt published a whitelist of all operators that have received a license in accordance with the provisions of Germany's current State Gambling Treaty.

At present, no providers of online casino table games, virtual slot machine games, or online poker are listed. This, however, is expected to change in the coming weeks.

To learn more of developments in the regulated German online gambling market, please consider joining us on October 25 in Berlin for the 2021 Gaming in Germany Conference. The event's agenda has now been released.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Jörg Hofmann, Head of the Gaming and Betting Law Practice Group, Melchers Law Firm

  • Mathias Dahms, President, Deutscher Sportwettenverband (DSWV)

  • Dr. Dirk Quermann, President, Deutscher Online Casinoverband (DOCV)

  • Prof. Dr. Tilman Becker, Gambling Research Center, University of Hohenheim

  • Dr. Gregor Führich, Tax Consultant, FALK GmbH

  • Mark Dieckmann, Founder & CEO, FOZUKI

  • Matthew Hickey, CEO, Gordon Moody UK

  • Steve Schrier, Author, Build Your Sales Tribe, formerly Scientific Games and Playtech

  • Birgitte Sand, CEO Birgitte Sand & Associates, fmr Director Danish Gambling Authority

  • And many other relevant experts!

More information on the 2021 Gaming in Germany Conference is available here.

Don't miss it! Register today:

Upcoming events

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

  • Get ready for the 2021 Gaming in Germany Conference, which will take place 25 October at the Grand Hyatt Berlin. The event's agenda is now live!

  • The half-day event Reputation Matters: UK Gambling's Future at Stake, which takes place on 2 November in London, will take an in-depth look at the current and expected regulatory pressure facing the UK gambling industry.

  • 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 scheduled to take place 1 – 3 February, 2022.

Over 1,600 Dutch players now registered in national exclusion register CRUKS

Since October 1, over 1,600 Dutch consumers have been registered in the country's national player exclusion register. Being registered in CRUKS prevents players from accessing both online gambling websites and land-based gaming venues.

CRUKS allows players to self-exclude for a period of at least six months to up to 99 years. Under certain conditions, third parties, such as family members or licensed operators, may also request that individual problem gamblers be added to CRUKS.

Immediately after its launch on October 1, CRUKS experienced a series of technical malfunctions which were not solved until the subsequent Monday.

At present, some people still appear to have difficulties getting registered in CRUKS. According to the Netherlands Gambling Authority, this is most likely due to user error.

In related news, the Netherlands Gambling Authority also launched a tool which allows consumers to check whether an online operator is licensed by the Dutch regulator.

Other news

Meneer Casino looks back at the messy first week of the regulated Dutch online gambling market.

Evolution Gaming is now live with Dutch operator Janshen-Hahnraths Group. The partnership sees Evolution deliver its Live Casino, RNG-based games, and slot games from both the NetEnt and Red Tiger brands, to the Dutch group’s players via

A Swedish government investigation into unlicensed gambling has concluded that the country’s current gambling legislation is “difficult to apply and easy to circumvent.”

Entain has put a 4% year-on-year increase in group net gaming revenue for the third quarter of its 2021 financial year primarily down to growth within its online sports betting division.

Online gambling companies headquartered in Malta saw their share prices slide on 11 October after a 15% minimum corporate tax rate agreement was struck by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).


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