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FINAL REMINDER: Don't miss tomorrow's Gaming in Holland Conference!

The 2024 Gaming in Holland Conference takes place TOMORROW at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.

While a few tickets are still available, today is your last chance to register.

We hope to see you there!

Dutch court rejects player claim for reimbursement of losses

The District Court of Zeeland-West-Brabant rejected a player for reimbursement of losses due to the operator offering online games of chance in the country without a license.

Previously, two other district courts ruled that the absence of a valid remote gambling license meant that the original agreements between player and operator were null and void.

Contrary to these prior rulings, the Zeeland-West-Brabant District Court found that the ban on online gambling that was in force prior to October 1, 2021, lost any real meaning due to societal developments and inconsistent enforcement.

Due to this finding, the player was unsuccessful in claiming nullity of the contract between operator and player.

Fair Play Casino to close five venues

Janshen-Hanhnraths, owner of the Fair Play Casino brand, has decided to shut down five of its land-based venues across the Netherlands (Meppel, Sittard, Groningen, Heerlen, and Roosendaal).

Previously, the operator announced that a restructuring was necessary due to increased costs and the lasting impact of Covid-19-related closures.

Dutch MP requests gov't reaction on NOGA's Online Gambling Barometer

Dutch MP Mirjam Bikker – a driving force behind anti-gambling measures in the Dutch Lower House – has successfully requested that the Minister for Legal Protection react to the findings of the NOGA Online Gambling Barometer 2024.

One outcome of the Barometer was that additional responsible gambling measures could potentially discourage players from using licensed offerings.

Voting for the 2024 Online Casino of the Year Awards now open

After a successful 2023 edition, CasinoNieuws and OneTime are once again organizing the Online Casino of the Year competition to determine which Netherlands-licensed operators are best in class.

Like last year, there will be several award categories, including best casino, best live casino, best bookmaker, and many more. The outcome of the competition will be jointly determined by a public vote and a professional jury.

Voting starts June 1 and runs until July 1.

The award ceremony will take place July 17.

Upcoming events

The following event(s) may be of interest to the GiH community.

  • The trade show iGB L!ve returns to Amsterdam from July 16-19.

  • The 14th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues, organized by the European Association for the Study of Gambling (EASG), will be held September 10-13, 2024, in Rome, Italy.

  • The 2024 Gaming in Germany Conference returns to Berlin on November 5, 2024. Save the date!

KSA's new Responsible Gambling Policy Rule has entered into force

Following publication in the official gazette, the Netherlands Gambling Authority's latest Responsible Gambling Policy Rule has now entered into force. The policy rule adds to operators’ obligations regarding player protection.

However, some of the more burdensome regulations – including the obligation to intervene within one hour after detecting problematic gambling behavior and affordability checks if players deposit more than €700 per month (€300 in the case of young adults) – will only enter into force on October 1.

The new Responsible Gambling Policy Rule is part of a wider effort to crack down on what some politicians perceive as an out-of-control market. Additional measures drawn up by the Ministry of Justice and Security are expected to be introduced in December of this year.

Other news

In response to these latest responsible gambling rules, I-Finance Services has launched an affordability check tool in the Dutch market.

The Swedish Gambling Authority, Spelinspektionen, has launched a public awareness campaign aimed at young adults, highlighting the risks and consequences of gambling for money.

73% of UK gambling industry employees like their jobs, a new study has found.


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