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Netherlands Gambling Authority receives 40 reports of possible instances of match-fixing ...and more

Meet Gaming in Holland at ICE 2023

Like everyone else, we are getting ready for ICE 2023, which will take place February 7-9, 2023, at the ExCel Centre London.

If you are in London, please consider visiting us at stand SD6-A.

In addition, you are cordially invited to join us on February 8 for our Gaming in Holland Lunch where you can meet colleagues, industry peers, and other gaming professionals.

As places are limited, please send us an email to reserve your seat at

Looking for additional Netherlands-focused events? Eurocoin Gaming invites its customers to join the traditional Holland Party on February 8 at the Top 1 Forever Restaurant, right next to the Excel Centre. The party starts at 18:00 and will end at 21:00.

CEN to develop a European standard on markers of harm for online gambling

Members of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the official body responsible for developing standards in Europe, have voted to create a European standard on markers of harm for online gambling. The proposal to establish the standard was submitted to CEN by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) with the aim of supporting safer online gambling and strengthening player protection in Europe.

Work to create the standard is expected to commence in Q1 of 2023. The CEN process is designed to allow for a wide range of European stakeholders, including academics, health experts, gambling authorities, operators, and consumer organizations, to participate in the discussions via the national delegations represented in CEN. While the final CEN standard will be a voluntary tool, it can also be made legally binding through legislation.

Longer mandatory play breaks lead to longer voluntary play breaks

Longer mandatory breaks during ongoing play led to longer voluntary breaks, according to a new study that was recently published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.

The study investigated the effects of mandatory play breaks (of 90 seconds, 5 minutes, and 15 minutes) among Norwegian gamblers. Specifically, the study found that players took disproportionally longer voluntary breaks following a 15-minute break. This effect was even stronger for hurried gamblers, who usually started to gamble again quickly after a short mandatory play break.

One explanation for this effect is that gamblers who were subjected to a 15-minute break were much more inclined to log out and end their play session altogether.

However, most of the positive effects of such long mandatory play break diminished once the experiment ended and the default 90-second mandatory play break was restored.

Kindred derives €650,000 in daily revenues from the Dutch market

As part of the company's Q4 trading update, Kindred CEO, Henrik Tjärnström revealed that average daily revenues in the Netherlands amounted to £570,000 (€650,000).

“The revenue contribution of the Netherlands reached approximately £53m, or a daily average of around £570,000,” Tjärnström said.

Although Kindred’s overall Q4 revenue is currently projected to increase 24.5% year-on-year to £305m (€343m), this performance was “weaker than expected.”

“Actions are being taken to further improve profitability in the short- and medium-term,” the trading update said.

Upcoming events

  • On January 30, Centrum voor Verantwoord Spelen will celebrate its 10th anniversary at former ocean liner SS Rotterdam.

  • The European Casino Awards, timed to coincide with ICE 2023, will be awarded on February 7, 2023, at The Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, London. Holland Casino Venlo is among the nominees in the “Best Overall Casino” category!

  • Don't miss the 2023 Gaming in Spain Conference on March 28, 2023, in Madrid. Confirmed speakers include both the current and former leadership of Spain's national regulator DGOJ. Save the date!

Netherlands Gambling Authority receives 40 reports of possible instances of match-fixing

The Netherlands Gambling Authority received 40 reports of possible instances of match fixing between the launch of the country’s online gaming market on 1 October 2021 and 18 December 2022.

The reports include 12 instances of unusual betting patterns, all of which were related to foreign sporting events.

The remaining 28 instances are related to individual athletes betting on the competitions they participate in. This includes 25 professional footballers who are active in the country's top and second-level professional leagues. In most cases this concerned low-level or combination bets.

Due to privacy considerations, the identity of the athletes has not been made public.

A limited number of cases have been referred to relevant investigative authorities.

Other news

Dutch MPs Kees van der Staaij (SGP), Mirjam Bikker (CU), and Anne Kuik (CDA) tabled Parliamentary questions asking the Minister for Legal Protection, Franc Weerwind to respond to alleged increases in the number of gambling addictions following the regulation of the country's online gambling market.

Entain has completed its acquisition of BetCity by making an initial payment of €300m

The UK Gambling Commission issued a £442,750 fine to TonyBet, which recently acquired a Dutch remote license, for failing to follow social responsibility and anti-money laundering rules.

Gambling-related harms carry annual costs of between £1.05 to 1.77bn in England alone, a study commissioned by the UK government found.

The Malta Gaming Authority has published amendments to its Player Protection Directive.

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