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One Casino 23rd iGaming license recipient in the Netherlands

One Casino has become the 23rd operator to receive an iGaming license from the Netherlands Gambling Authority.


The license will allow the operator to offer casino and slots games throughout the country.


One Casino has held a license from the Malta Gaming Authority since December 2016. One Casino was previously active in the Netherlands through its Fruityreels brand, which offered exclusive content developed by Rocket Studios.


One Casino is yet to confirm which website domain it will operate under in the Netherlands.


Kindred Group to remain live in Norway as regulator suspends penalty payments

Norwegian regulator Lotteritilsynet has suspended its NOK 1.2m (€115k) daily fine it threatened to impose on Kindred subsidiary Trannel Ltd.


“We have decided to temporarily suspend the NOK 1.2m daily fine as Trannel, which operates Unibet and Maria Casino, confirmed that it will comply with Norwegian law,” said Henrik Nordal, Lotteritilsynet Director.


According to the Norwegian regulator, Trannel has agreed to shut down its Norway-facing domains and all marketing in the Norwegian language or otherwise aimed at Norway. In addition, Trannel has promised to not provide any form of information to customers on how they can circumvent the Norwegian ban on payment processing.


Lotteritilsynet also said that Trannel has agreed to stop accepting any new customers from Norway.


However, in a press release Kindred said that it would continue to “passively accept customers residing in Norway” and that the company “maintains its legal position provided for in the ongoing appeal.”

Upcoming events

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

  • Tune in on Monday, October 17 for the EGBA webinar Minimising gambling-related harm: Contributing to a better understanding of problem gambling in Europe.

  • The theme of Kindred's 2022 Sustainable Gambling Conference, which is scheduled to take place October 19 in Amsterdam, is “Safer gambling: An honest conversation”.

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


Dutch minister: Advertising restrictions delayed; no cross-operator deposit limits

Minister for Legal Protection, Franc Weerwind told the Permanent Committee for Justice and Security of the Dutch Lower House that the proposed ban on untargeted gambling advertising, originally scheduled to be introduced on January 1, 2023, would be delayed until February or March.


Weerwind also indicated that, due to technical, legal, and privacy considerations, the government would not seek to introduce cross-operator deposit limits. Instead, each licensed online operator would be required to introduce an as-of-yet unspecified maximum deposit limit for each individual player.


However, with (currently) 23 online licensees, the practical value of this approach may be limited.


A full report of the Committee meeting is available here.


Reacting to the Committee meeting (and the chilly political climate), Netherlands Gambling Authority chair, René Jansen wrote that, despite the announced delay, the Netherlands is still moving “step by step” towards creating a “completely safe environment for people who want to gamble online.”