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Newsletter - Dutch government coalition proposes 0.5% gambling tax rate increase ...and more!

Register now: GIH Breakfast Briefing – December 14

Join us on Wednesday December 14 in The Hague for the 2022 Gaming in Holland Breakfast Briefing to hear more about the latest developments regarding the regulated Dutch gambling market.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Niels Onkenhout, CEO, Nederlandse Loterij

  • Petra de Ruiter, CEO, Holland Casino

  • Fedor Meerts, Head of Department, Ministry of Justice and Security

  • Justin Franssen, Partner, Kalff Katz & Franssen

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Please note that places are limited. If the number of registrations exceeds the available space, sponsors and GiH Conference attendees will be given priority.

Unibet signs partnership with Dutch cycling team Tour de Tietema

Kindred's flagship brand Unibet has signed an agreement to become the main sponsor of the TDT-Unibet Cycling Team. The new team will start on the continental level but has the ambition to achieve ProTeam status in the future.

The cycling team is the brainchild of Bas Tietema, professional cyclists and founder of the popular Tour de Tietema YouTube channel.

"We are extremely proud to work together with Tour de Tietema. Their dedication combined with their boldness to do things differently is a big inspiration. It's an honor to help make their long-lived dream to start a cycling team a reality," said Lennart Kessels, General Manager, Netherlands, Kindred Group.

Stakelogic partners with Bet365 and EveryMatrix

Game developer Stakelogic has signed partnership agreements with Bet365 and platform provider EveryMatrix.

As a result of the deals, Bet365 will make Stakelogic's slots portfolio available to its customers in the Netherlands, while EveryMatrix has integrated Stakelogic's live dealer offerings in its CasinoEngine platform.

The new partnerships follow recent content deals with LeoVegas and Italy-facing operator Videoslots.

Top German state court rules that unlicensed operator must reimburse player

The Köln Higher State Court (Oberlandesgericht), the highest state court in Germany's most populous state Nordrhein-Westfalen, has ruled that Pokerstars must reimburse a player’s losses because online casino was not yet legal in the state at the time the losses occurred.

The ruling overturns a lower-court decision that found in favor of the operator.

The court ruled that Pokerstars had not made it clear that online casino games were illegal in most of Germany at the time, instead “giving the impression of legality” through the use of a German-language website and customer service.

Upcoming events

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

  • On November 17, the Juridische Hogeschool Avans & Fontys is organizing a public lecture on sports betting and match-fixing.

  • Event organizer Terrapinn has decided to no longer move ahead with the World Gaming Executive Summit 2023, originally scheduled for June 2023, thus ending a sixteen-year run.

Dutch government coalition proposes 0.5% gambling tax rate increase

MPs representing the four parliamentary groups making up the current government coalition (VVD, D66, CDA, and CU) have tabled an amendment proposing to increase the current 29% gambling tax rate to 29.5%.

The amendment follows an earlier government proposal to increase the current gambling tax rate by 0.3%.

As the four parliamentary groups have a majority in the Lower House, the proposed increase is all but certain to be adopted.

The amendment follows the recent adoption of a motion by the Lower House that canceled a planned gambling tax decrease from 29% to 25% of GGR.

Other news

Flutter Entertainment has reported revenue of £1.89bn for the third quarter of 2022, a 31% increase from the prior-year period.

Kindred Group will be the first operator to offer French players access to the Gamban self-exclusion tool through its flagship brand Unibet.

French operators have promised to limit their advertising during the Qatar World Cup, the country's gambling regulator ANJ announces.

A single player has won the $2.04bn US Powerball jackpot – the world's largest lottery prize ever.

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