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Netherlands-licensed online operators sign football sponsorship agreements ...and more

Former Holland Casino CEO: Ad bans and deposit limits “unwise”

Erwin van Lambaart, General Director of Casinos Austria and former CEO of Holland Casino, gave a wide-ranging interview to Meneer Casino in which he touched upon some of the differences between his current and former employer and warned against counterproductive political overreach. Van Lambaart:

“I would oppose the new advertising restrictions that are currently being implemented in the Netherlands. This only pushes people toward illegal operators. Young adults in particular know their way around on the internet better than anyone else. They will always manage to find some kind of attractive bonus offer. [...]

“I think [general deposit limits] are unwise. Protection should be provided on an individual basis. Not every player is the same and things almost always go wrong when you operate on the principle of one size fits all. People will find a way around such general rules and regulations.

Asked about the possible privatization of Holland Casino or Nederlandse Loterij, Van Lambaart said that Allwynn, majority stakeholder in Casinos Austria, would at least potentially be a suitable candidate to acquire either one of these state-owned companies: “Allwyn is an extremely reliable and professional company.”

Relatedly, the Permanent Committee for Finance of the Dutch Lower House will debate the future of current state holdings on June 1. We expect that the possible privatization of Nederlandse Loterij – and potentially Holland Casino as well – will be on this meeting's agenda.

Holland Casino CEO, Petra de Ruiter discusses online market opening and duty of care

Current Holland Casino CEO, Petra de Ruiter was recently interviewed by BNR Nieuwsradio (24:00-47:00).

Among other topics, De Ruiter discussed the impact of Covid-19, Holland Casino's entry into the regulated Dutch online gambling market, and the operator's duty of care.

GiH Webinar postponed to TUESDAY, May 16

While we originally rescheduled the webinar to later today (Thursday) at 15:00 CET, we subsequently found out that we would be unable to procure a replacement for a vital piece of technical equipment in a timely manner.

As a result, we have now rescheduled the webinar to Tuesday, May 16, at 15:00 CET. You may make use of the original link to attend this webinar.

If you have not previously registered, or need to re-register, please click here:

In case you are unable to attend at the new time, we will be sending out a link to a full recording of the webinar to all registered participants after the event has concluded.

Once again, our deepest apologies for the inconvenience.

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. Additional details will follow soon. Don't miss it. Save the date!

  • Tune in on Tuesday, May 16 for the VIXIO GamblingCompliance webinar “Uk White Paper. The End of the Beginning.” The webinar will address the most impactful changes proposed by the white paper, the political landscape, and much more

Netherlands-licensed online operators sign football sponsorship agreements

Ahead of the looming ban on untargeted advertising for online gambling, which includes broadcast, print, and outdoor advertising, at least two Netherlands-licensed operators have signed new sponsorship agreements with Dutch professional football sides.

FC Utrecht announced a new partnership with Kindred's Unibet brand, while PEC Zwolle revealed Circus as its new shirt sponsor for the coming season.

The newly announced advertising restrictions also include a ban on sports sponsorships from July 1, 2025. In the meantime, however, such sponsorships remain permitted and are expected to become increasingly attractive to licensed online gambling operators.

Other news

Lisa Veldhuis has won the Netherlands Gambling Authority's annual thesis award for her research into the effective delivery of information meant to regulate gambling behavior.

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has fined Merkur Casino Almere €45,000 for inadvertently allowing a self-excluded player to repeatedly enter its premises.

Belgium's Gambling Commission has published its 2022 annual report.

A Danish court has ordered Bet365, to pay DKK4.7m (€631,064) in compensation to several Danish athletes for using their names and images without permission.


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