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Save the date | 2022 GiH Conference + Expo: June 20-21

The 2022 Gaming in Holland Conference + Expo will take place June 20-21 at Jaarbeurs Utrecht, one of the Netherlands' premier event locations.


This year's event will consist of two parts: a conference on June 20 and a free-to-attend, two-day B2B expo (including break-out programming) on June 20-21.


More information to follow soon. Save the date!


ZEbetting & Gaming acquires Dutch totalizator license

Current license holder ZEbetting & Gaming has managed to obtain the single Dutch totalizator (land-based horseracing betting) license for the period 2022-2027.


Two operators fully met the conditions drawn up by the Netherlands Gambling Authority. After drawing lots in the presence of a civil notary, ZEbetting emerged as the winner of the licensing process. The identity of the second applicant was not revealed.


Paul Klomp, Director ZEbetting & Gaming Netherlands: “I am very pleased that we can continue to offer land-based horseracing betting for at least another five years. Now that we own both the totalizator license and an online sports betting license, we can continue to offer the full package to horseracing bettors.”


ZEbetting is part of the ZEturf Group, which is also active in France, Belgium, and Spain.


Dutch outdoor advertising industry group to limit online gambling advertising

Outreach, the Dutch outdoor advertising and signage industry group, announced it would voluntarily limit the amount of space its members will sell to providers of online gambling services. Members of the industry group agreed to dedicate a maximum of 20% of their available advertising space to online gambling services.


The announcement follows an earlier decision by broadcasters to likewise place additional limits on online gambling advertising volumes. Even so, these measures currently appear insufficient to head off further online gambling advertising restrictions that were recently demanded by the Dutch Lower House.


BetCity.nl joins betting integrity monitor IBIA

BetCity.nl has become a member of the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). The operator joins many of the leading regulated sports betting operators in the world in becoming part of IBIA, with the association’s members accounting for over €115bn of global betting turnover per year.


All online betting operators licensed in the Netherlands are required to be part of an international integrity monitoring body.


Kylian Olierook, Head of Operations at BetCity.nl said: “At Betcity.nl we are proud to become a member of the IBIA to protect, together with our sportsbook partner Kambi, the integrity of sports. We are committed to protecting both sports and consumers, and we are excited to join forces with the leading voice in this area.”


Stakelogic Live extends partnership with Kansino

Stakelogic Live has extended its partnership with Dutch operator Kansino (formerly Batavia Casino), with Dutch-language live casino content to be added for the first time.


Stephan van den Oetelaar, CEO of Stakelogic, said: “We are delighted to be providing our friends at Kansino with our full suite of Stakelogic Live titles as well as a selection of branded tables in Dutch, allowing them to offer their players content that is proven to excite and entertain.”


Daphne Xerri, Head of Casino at Kansino, added: “We are on a mission to deliver the absolute best experience possible to players in the Netherlands and to do that we need to offer a wide range of casino games from the top providers in the market. We have already seen incredible traction with Stakelogic’s classic and video slots, so it was obvious that we needed to extend our partnership to cover live casino.”


Upcoming events

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

· ICE 2022 remains confirmed for April 12-14.

· EASG 2022, the 13th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues, has now been scheduled for 6 – 9 September 2022, and will take place in Oslo, Norway.


GiH Webinar Report | Essential services in a regulated market

During yesterday's GiH webinar “Essential services in a regulated market,” several suppliers of essential services presented their products and services to operators looking to enter the Dutch market.


The highly informative webinar featured the following segments:

· Legal & regulatory introduction: Kester Mekenkamp (Kalff Katz & Franssen)

· KYC and customer ID verification: Martijn de Boer (CDDN)

· Separating player funds: Kees-Jan Avis (EM Group)

· KYC and customer ID verification: Max Irwin (IDNow)

· Data center services: Bryan Hill (Interxion)

· Technical compliance: Antonio Zhangi (Maxima Compliance)


The full webinar is available here: https://bit.ly/3Ha1dNS


Other news

The German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen has passed legislation granting five online casino licenses to operators in the region.


Citing a report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers, UK industry group the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) said that the number of British customers using unlicensed sites had more than doubled in two years from 220,000 users to 460,000.


Meanwhile, after a long period of worsening public perception, British attitudes towards gambling are now improving.


Denmark's government has agreed on new non-profit lotteries and match-fixing rules.


After being threatened with significant fines by the Norwegian regulator for operating illegally in the country, Kindred is now claiming that Norway's licensing regime does not comply with EEA law.


Allwyn, which rebranded from SAZKA Group in December, has increased its interest in Greek gaming operator OPAP from 41.2% to 48.1%.