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Netherlands Gambling Authority issues €8m in fines to Malta-licensed operators

Register now! Post-election networking drinks with special guest Fred Teeven – November 23

Join us on Thursday, November 23 from 17:30 until 19:30 to discuss the outcome of the Dutch Lower House elections the day prior.

The informal gathering will feature Fred Teeven, former state secretary and architect of the Dutch online gambling legislation, as our special guest.

The meet-up will take place in Amsterdam.

With several political parties eager to further restrict the regulated gambling market and a potentially disruptive election outcome, there will be plenty to discuss.

If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP.

Minister Weerwind reacts to recommendations to prevent gambling harm

Minister for Legal Protection, Franc Weerwind has officially responded to the 22 recommendations recently issued by the Netherlands’ National Rapporteur on Addictions on how to limit and prevent gambling-related harm.

In his response, Weerwind indicated that he is considering the introduction of cross-operator deposit limits and, potentially, a blanket ban on online gambling advertising.

Considering the current political climate, a full online gambling advertising ban does not appear impossible.

Janshen-Hahnraths Group appoints Michiel Nubé as its new CEO

The supervisory board of the Janshen-Hahnraths Group, which offers both land-based and online gambling in the Netherlands, has appointed Michiel Nubé as the company's new CEO from January 1, 2024.

Michiel Nubé began his career at McDonald's, where he held several senior management positions, followed by stints at Holland Casino and the JVH gaming & entertainment group. Most recently, Nubé served as director of Mediamarkt's flagship store in Eindhoven.

KVA publishes in-depth investigation into 11 illegal online casinos

KVA, the quality mark for responsible affiliates, has published an extensive investigation into eleven unlicensed gambling operators that remain accessible to Dutch players.

The investigation found many of these illegal operators fail to conduct age verification checks (thus allowing minors to gamble) and that addiction prevention measures are rudimentary at best if not entirely absent.

If online gambling legalization will be reversed in the Netherlands (as some political groups are currently advocating), players will once again be at the mercy of such irresponsible operators, the report contends.

Upcoming events

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

  • The International Webinar Series on Gambling, organized by the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Gaming at the University of Gibraltar and the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research at Yale University School of Medicine, continues on November 13 with a webinar on international gambling policies and regulations.

  • The 2024 Casino Operations Summit, which focuses on land-based casino operations, will take place April 23-25 in Amsterdam.

Netherlands Gambling Authority issues €8m in fines to Malta-licensed operators

The Netherlands Gambling Authority (Ksa) has issued fines of €6,794,000 and €900,000 to GoldWin Limited and MKC Limited, respectively for offering online gambling without a license in the country.

Both GoldWin Limited and MKC Limited are licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority. Significantly, neither operator bothered to defend itself during the regulator's investigation and it remains to be seen whether The Netherlands Gambling Authority will ever be able to collect these fines.

In related news, the Dutch regulator recently sent a letter (shared on Facebook by Curaçao minister of Finance Javier Silvania) to the Curaçao Gaming Control Board pointing out that several Curaçao-licensed operators have failed to pay fines that were previously issued by the Ksa as far back as 2013. Presumably, the Ksa is hoping that this will have some effect on the continuation of these operators’ licenses under Curaçao's new online gambling regime.

Precisely because meaningful enforcement against offshore operators remains problematic, it is important to have a well-regulated legal market with strong player protections, Ksa Chair René Jansen recently wrote in a personal blog post:

“The Netherlands has created a regulated gambling market based on the idea that gambling has always existed, that illegal online gambling was already widespread, and that it is therefore preferable to properly regulate such activities. This undeniably means that the regulated market should offer a safety net for people who could get into trouble.”

Other news

The Dutch government confirmed that it will share a report on the possible privatization of Nederlandse Loterij with the Lower House before the end of the year.

The Curaçao Gaming Control Board's license application portal is now accepting account registrations for applicants and sub-license holders.

The Malta Gaming Authority has announced that Carl Brincat is to step down as chief executive when his term ends in January.

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