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Newsletter - Netherlands Gambling Authority launches investigation into affiliate sites

REMINDER | KSA Chair to speak at 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.

The GiH Breakfast Briefing has been timed to follow a crucial Parliamentary letter – which is expected in the last week of November – in which the Minister responsible for gambling policy will outline proposals for implementing new advertising and player protection measures.

Netherlands Gambling Authority Chair, René Jansen has confirmed his attendance and will be among the event's speakers.

Other 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

  • Eric Konings, Policy Advisor, NOGA

Register now: RSVP

While attendance is FREE, please note that places are limited. If the number of registrations exceeds the available space, sponsors and paid GiH Conference attendees will be given priority.

TonyBet secures 24th Dutch online gambling license

Latvia-based TonyBet has become the 24th online gaming operator to secure a Dutch iGaming license.

Established in 2011, TonyBet has previously received online gaming licenses in Estonia, Great Britain, Canada, Spain, Latvia, and Malta.

Its Dutch iGaming license allows the operator to offer casino, sports betting, and poker.

TonyBet is yet to confirm the domain name under which it will operate or when the company will go live in the Netherlands.

Dutch national gambling helpline “Loket Kansspel” launches World Cup campaign

The Netherlands’ national gambling helpline “Loket Kansspel” has launched an awareness campaign to coincide with the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The campaign, which is mainly aimed at people aged 18-25, aims to raise awareness of gambling and its associated risks at a time when an increase in first-time players is expected.

The awareness campaign includes a free test players can take to determine their player profile, which covers aspects such as self-control and risk tolerance.

In related news, the Netherlands Gambling Authority has ended three instances in which licensed operators were found to have violated Dutch iGaming regulations as part of their World Cup-related promotions.

Meanwhile, the gambling regulators of France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and Great Britain have released a joint statement in which they commit to closely monitoring their respective gambling markets during the World Cup, as a sharp increase in betting activity is deemed “likely.”

Upcoming events

  • ICE London 2023 will take place February 7-9, 2023. Meet us there on February 8 for the Gaming in Germany Breakfast and Gaming in Holland Lunch.

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Netherlands Gambling Authority launches investigation into affiliate sites targeting self-excluded players

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has launched an investigation into affiliate websites that promote illegal offers by targeting particularly vulnerable people.

The Dutch regulator said that it had discovered several affiliate websites using domain names containing phrases such as “casinozondercruks” (“casino without cruks”) and “casinozondervergunning” (“casino without license”) that specifically target players who have self-excluded and are no longer able to access licensed offers.

The Dutch regulator noted that it considers marketing that specifically targets vulnerable players “particularly harmful.”

Other news

ZEturf, which also owns Zebetting & Gaming Nederland, has joined the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). Zeturf is currently in the process of being acquired by Française des Jeux (FDJ).

Entain has secured several new online gambling licenses in Germany, including the first two permits in the country for internet poker.

In a joint letter, the CEOs of bet365, Betsson, Entain Group, Flutter Entertainment, Kindred Group, and William Hill International have united to outline their collective ambition to foster a more sustainable online gambling sector in Europe.

Norway's regulator Lotteritilsynet has recommenced its daily penalty payments aimed at forcing Kindred to withdraw from the country's market.

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