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Legalization of online gambling nets Dutch government €300m in tax additional income

Meet us at the SBC Summit Barcelona!

If you are visiting the SBC Summit Barcelona, which takes place September 19-21, don't forget to stop by the Gaming in EU stand, ME130, where you will be able to get a copy of the latest issue of our Gaming in Germany Magazine, as well as the latest information on our upcoming Gaming in Germany, Gaming in Spain, and Gaming in Holland Conferences.

With 15,000 industry professionals expected to attend, the SBC Summit will feature 450 speakers and over 350 exhibitors.

TOTO partners with women's Eredivisie

Sports betting operator TOTO has partnered with the Azerion Vrouwen Eredivisie, the women's top football league in the Netherlands. The duration of the partnership has not been announced.

As a result of the deal, an additional 22 matches will be broadcast live on ESPN Netherlands.

“Thanks to our cooperation with TOTO, we can significantly increase the visibility and commercial value of this competition,” said Dave Dekker, Commercial Director at Dutch football association KNVB.

Although the press release is dated August 29, the announcement notes that the partnership agreement was concluded prior to July 1, 2023.

Online betting sponsorships concluded after that date are not allowed in the Netherlands in anticipation of a full ban on such agreements from July 1, 2025 onward.

Netherlands Gambling Authority imposes conditional penalty payment on

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has imposed a conditional penalty payment of up to €75,000 on Malta-licensed NetX Betting, owner of the and websites.

In the course of its investigation, the Dutch regulator found that both websites received around 90,000 visits from the Netherlands between January 2022 and March 2023. The regulator was also able – using an old account created prior to 2020 – to deposit funds and place several bets.

This was enough reason for the Dutch regulator to impose the conditional penalty payment, even though neither or made use of the Dutch language, offered the iDEAL payment method, or even allowed the creation of new accounts by Dutch players.

While it is certainly possible that Dutch players, if they registered prior to 2020, continued to wager significant amounts using NetX Betting's services, there appears to be little indication that this was actually the case.

ICYMI: GiH Conference video: “Thriving in a post-marketing landscape”

In the next couple of weeks, we will be revisiting several 2023 Gaming in Holland Conference sessions. As you may know, the event was recorded and all sessions are available through our YouTube Channel.

This week's highlight video is “Thriving in a post-marketing landscape,” featuring the Netherlands’ leading gambling lawyer Justin Franssen, as well as Peter-Paul de Goeij and Björn Fuchs, representing trade associations NOGA and VNLOK, respectively.

The recorded session features an in-depth discussion on the impact of the Netherlands’ new advertising restrictions.

Upcoming events

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

  • The 2023 Gaming in Germany Conference has been scheduled to take place October 16, 2023, in Berlin. Benjamin Schwanke, Co-Chair of Germany federal gambling regulator, GGL, will be the event's keynote speaker.

  • An estimated 15,000 visitors will attend the SBC Summit Barcelona, which is scheduled to take place September 19-21. The event will feature 450 speakers and over 350 exhibitors.

Legalization of online gambling nets Dutch government €300m in tax income

The legalization of online gambling in the Netherlands from October 1, 2021, has netted the Dutch government additional annual revenues of approximately €300m, according to the Dutch national statistics institute.

In 2022, the Dutch tax office collected an estimated €0.9bn in gambling taxes, up from €0.6bn in 2019.

Gambling tax revenue was significantly lower in 2020 and 2021 (€0.4bn and €0.3bn, respectively), due to land-based casino closures and the widespread cancellation of sports events.

Much of the gambling revenues that were brought onshore by the Dutch online market regulation went previously untaxed.

Other news

Betsson Group has launched its flagship brand in Denmark, by rebranding into

A Danish court has blocked 49 websites from offering illegal gambling following a complaint from the country’s gambling authority.

German trade association DSWV has warned against the misleading use of problem gambling statistics.

Online scam operations, including illegal gambling, contribute significantly to human trafficking in Southeast Asia, a UN report finds.

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