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Netherlands Gambling Authority announces first online licensees

Today, the Netherlands Gambling Authority has announced the names of the first ten online license holders who will be allowed to go live in the regulated Dutch online market from October 1.

The following ten companies were awarded an online license:

  1. Betent BV: An online spin-off of the Casino City gaming hall chain, which operates several land-based casinos in the Amsterdam area.

  2. Bingoal Nederland BV: An established Belgian provider of betting and casino games.

  3. FPO Nederland BV: Fair Play Online is a subsidiary of the Janshen-Hahnraths Group, which is primarily known for its Fair Play land-based casino chain.

  4. Hillside (New Media Malta) Plc: AKA Bet365.

  5. Holland Casino NV: State-owned Holland Casino is currently the only legal provider of (land-based) casino table games in the Netherlands.

  6. LiveScore Malta Ltd: A well-known sports media company, LiveScore also provides sports betting services under its LiveScore Bet brand.

  7. NSUS Malta Ltd: Owner of the GG Poker brand.

  8. Play North Ltd: A small casino operator based in Estland and Malta, which currently operates Pikacasino and Rocket Casino.

  9. Tombola Ltd: The UK's largest provider of online bingo games.

  10. TOTO Online BV: TOTO is part of the Netherlands’ national lottery, Nederlandse Loterij and current sports betting monopolist in the country.

Notable first-round absences

  • JVH gaming: Owner of the land-based Jack's Casino chain.

  • Novamedia: Owner of the Postcode Lotteries format and largest charity lottery operator in the Netherlands.

  • ZETurf: Current horseracing monopolist.

It is widely expected, however, that several other licensees will be announced in the next two to three weeks.

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