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Netherlands Gambling Authority issues guidance over match-fixing prevention ...and more!

Entain sues former BetCity owners

Entain Holding (Netherlands) BV has launched a suit against the former owners of BetCity, CasinoNieuws reports. This includes the Singels family, as well as former BetCity CEO Melvin Bostelaar and former Marketing Director Robert Kooiman.


Entain acquired BetCity in June 2022 for a variable amount (dependent on the operator's future performance) of up to €850m.


Both the claimant and defendants declined to comment on the case.


Online players more likely to withdraw money from playing accounts after reading personalized messages

A new study by Michael Auer and Mark Griffiths, using a dataset provided by Nederlandse Loterij, demonstrates that players are more likely to withdraw money after receiving personalized messages.


Thus, these types of messages can help in reducing gambling expenditure and may ultimately help in reducing gambling-related problems.


Netherlands Gambling Authority intervenes over sponsorship violation

The Netherlands Gambling Authority acted against a licensed operator for breaching regulations related to its sponsorship of a Dutch TV show.  


The TV show intertwined the operator's brand name with a “game element,” i.e., an image of a fruit machine. This violated the rule that only “neutral” displays of brand names are allowed in TV show (and other) sponsorships.


Following discussions with the operator, modifications were made to bring the sponsored branding in line with the regulatory framework.


Dutch player sues Bwin over playing losses

A Dutch player has demanded €200,000 from operator Bwin – the amount lost between 2008 and 2019, when online gambling was illegal in the Netherlands.


According to the player, the operator did not adequately intervene to prevent him from incurring excessive losses.


A verdict is expected to be reached on February 28.


Save the date: Gaming in Holland Lunch & Gaming in Germany Breakfast @ICE London

Join us at the world's leading gambling event to discuss the latest news related to the Dutch as well as German regulated gambling markets.


The Gaming in Holland Lunch and Gaming in Germany Breakfast will take place Wednesday, February 7, right next to the ExCel Centre.


If you would like to attend the Gaming in Holland Lunch, please RSVP.


To register for the Gaming in Germany Breakfast, please RSVP here.


As places are limited, preference will be given to partners, sponsors, and previous

Conference attendees.


If you would like to see more of us at ICE, please consider visiting our stand SD6-A.


Other events

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

  • Registrations for ICE and ICE VOX 2024 are now open! Join 45,000 industry peers and attend the industry’s largest B2B event between February 6-8 in London.

  • IGB Affiliate 2024 takes place February 6-9 alongside ICE London and aims to connect affiliates with iGaming operator affiliate programs and tech vendors.

  • Kindred's annual Sustainable Gambling Conference will be held March 20, 2024, at the Kia Oval in London.

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


Netherlands Gambling Authority issues guidance over match-fixing prevention

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has issued additional guidance to licensed operators on how to address match-fixing risks.


The guidance is the result of an investigation into possible match-fixing risks across the market, particularly regarding the KNVB TOTO cup competition, in which both amateur and professional football teams compete. 


The investigation found that not every operator is taking the same measures against betting manipulation, which may result in heightened match-fixing risks. 


Other news

Meneer Casino has published an interview with Betnation's Country Manager Netherlands, Wouter Niemeijer


The Belgian expertise center for alcohol, illegal drugs, psychoactive medication, gambling and gaming (VAD) has called for the minimum age to gamble in Belgium to be raised to 21.


A former employee has accused game developer OnAir Entertainment of illegally and systematically accessing Playtech's internal systems.

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