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Newsletter - Dutch government announces gambling levy increases from October 1 ...and more!

Gaming in Holland webinar | Publicly listed operators and the German and Dutch online gambling markets

The re-regulated German and Dutch online gambling markets will open on July 1 and October 1, respectively. Several publicly listed online gambling operators have already announced their interest in entering these markets.

Tune in next week, Tuesday, 29 June at 15:00 CET, for the GiH webinar Publicly listed operators and the German and Dutch online gambling markets, to learn more about these operators’ plans and intentions.

Webinar topics

· What operators are saying

· Success factors: Who will be ready and who won't

· Regulatory burdens and other market factors

· Market importance and investor sentiment


· Scott Longley, Editorial Consultant, Clear Concise Media

· Gavin Kelleher, Gambling Sector Analyst, Goodbody Stockbrokers

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TOTO agrees to become main sponsor of Dutch Open Darts

Current Dutch sports betting monopolist has agreed a deal to become the title sponsor of the Dutch Open Darts, the largest open darts tournament in the world.

TOTO and the Dutch Darts Association (NDB) have entered into a one-year commitment but intend to work together long term.

“Darts have become an unmistakable part of Dutch sports culture in recent decades. It is also one of the most popular sports among TOTO players,” Sam Depoortere, Business Director TOTO said.

34% of UK gamblers claim to have spent money because of gambling advertising

The UK Gambling Commission has published survey data on the impact of gambling advertising on UK consumers. The survey's main findings are:

  • Gambling advertising and sponsorships widely and frequently reach consumers, with 6 in 10 seeing gambling adverts or sponsorships at least once a week.

  • Whereas sponsorships and traditional advertising have been seen by all age groups, online advertising is more likely to be seen by younger adults.

  • Just over a third of past 12-month gamblers claimed to have been prompted to spend money on a gambling activity by advertising they had seen in the past 12 months.

  • Around one in six adults follow gambling companies on social media. Those that do are more likely to be male, aged 18 to 44 and past four-week gamblers.

The full results are available here.

Upcoming events

The following events may be of interest to the GiH community.

  • The third edition of CasinoBeats Summit will return to Malta from 13 – 15 July, 2021, as part of Summer iGaming Week organized in partnership with KPMG and Gaming Malta.

  • Don't miss this year's Gaming in Holland Conference, which has been scheduled to take place 28 September, 2021. Netherlands Gambling Authority Chairman René Jansen will deliver the Conference keynote speech.

  • iGB Live and iGB Affiliate have also been moved to 28 September – 1 October, 2021, but will still take place in Amsterdam!

  • SiGMA Europe has been rescheduled to 16 – 18 November, 2021.

  • The Betting on Sports America conference and expo has been scheduled for 30 November – 2 December, 2021 and will bring together all the major players in the fast-growing North American sports betting industry.

  • The World Gaming Executive Summit is returning live on 6 – 8 December, 2021 at the W Hotel, Barcelona.

  • ICE London and iGB Affiliate London have been postponed to 1 – 3 February, 2022.

Dutch government announces gambling levy increases from October 1

Today, the Dutch government has announced increases in various gambling levies. Netherlands-licensed gambling operators are charged a gambling levy on top of the 29% gambling tax. This levy is intended to defray the costs of running a national gambling supervisor, i.e., the Netherlands Gambling Authority.

Over the past years, the rise in operating costs of the Netherlands Gambling Authority has not been fully covered by the proceeds of the gambling levy, the Dutch government said. As a result, all applicable gambling levies will be increased from October 1 onward.

Depending on the specific sector, the gambling levy may be a fixed fee or a percentage of GGR. For instance, the gambling levy on online gambling products will increase from 1.75% of GGR to 1.95% of GGR. This includes an unchanged 0.25% problem gambling prevention levy.

However, fees for processing certain non-remote license applications have been lowered.

A full overview of all changes in levies and fees is available here.

Other news

Gambling regulators from 14 EU member states have called on the European Commission to reinstate the EU Expert Group on Gambling.

Gaming Innovation Group has announced plans to launch two new affiliate sites in the Netherlands when the regulated Dutch market opens in October.

Norway's new Gambling Act will introduce stricter sanctions towards unlicensed operators, as well as affiliates promoting them.

GGPoker hosted more cash game players at its tables over the last seven days than PokerStars, the first time since 2006 that a comparable online poker site has usurped the online poker giant.

Codere Group has announced plans to spin off its Codere Online business, with the new publicly listed company to be traded on the US Nasdaq stock market.

Entain has announced it will unveil a “first-of-its-kind, virtual reality multi-sports entertainment experience” later this year.

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