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Toward a new lottery system: Privatization of NLO and the financing of sports ...and more!

Leaders in Compliance virtual conference announces speakers

Don't miss NEXT WEEK's Leaders in Compliance virtual conference on Wednesday, July 3, 2024!

The Leaders in Compliance virtual conference consists of a series of free webinars on compliance-related topics. The morning program is specifically aimed at the German market, while the afternoon program has an international focus.

You are free to attend individual webinars or the entire program.

The event's full agenda – including session titles and speakers – is available here.

Attending the Leaders in Compliance virtual conference is free, but registration is required.

Please click here to register for the German-language morning sessions:

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Ministry of Justice publishes decree on playing limits

The Ministry of Justice has published the Minsterial Decree on Playing Limits, which is set to enter into force on October 1, 2024. Its main stipulations are:

  • Operators must provide a “neutral environment” where players set their personal deposit and time limits.

  • Operators must contact players who set monthly deposit limits of €350 or more (€150 in the case of young adults).

  • Every thirty minutes, players will be shown pop-ups detailing money and time spent.

  • Players will be shown reminders when they reach 50% and 100% of their personal deposit and time limits.

  • Players who reach their personal time limit will be automatically logged out.

KVA affiliate quality mark calls on members to create public awareness page aimed at excluded players

The KVA quality mark for affiliate websites has called on its members to create "casino without CRUKS” pages that include referrals to addiction care organizations.

“Casino without CRUKS” (“casino zonder CRUKS”) is a popular Google search term in the Netherlands that generally leads players to illegal affiliates and operators who seek to profit from vulnerable, self-excluded players.

By having legal affiliates create similar pages that include warnings and referrals to care organizations, KVA hopes that the “casino without CRUKS” pages of rogue affiliates will disappear from the top Google search results.

MGM and Playtech launch Las Vegas live casino; Tipico appoints new CEO

MGM Resorts International and Playtech have reached an agreement to offer proprietary live casino content directly from Las Vegas.

Streamed directly from the gaming floors of two of MGM Las Vegas Strip properties, the live casino content, branded as “MGM Live,” will be available for licensing in regulated markets worldwide, outside of the United States.

Meanwhile, MGM subsidiary, LeoVegas has entered into an agreement to acquire the product and technology platform constituting the US sportsbook and online casino from Tipico Group.

As Tipico winds down its US operations, the company announced that Axel Hefer will assume the role of CEO, succeeding Joachim Baca, who will take over as Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

2024 GiH Conference videos now live!

In case you missed it, all sessions of the 2024 GiH Conference have been recorded and are now live on YouTube.

Morning program:

Afternoon program:

Upcoming events

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

  • The trade show iGB L!ve returns to Amsterdam from July 16-19.

  • The 14th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues, organized by the European Association for the Study of Gambling (EASG), will be held September 10-13, 2024, in Rome, Italy.

  • The 2024 Gaming in Germany Conference returns to Berlin on November 5, 2024. Save the date!

Toward a new lottery system: Privatization of NLO and the financing of sports

The future of the Dutch lottery system, including the possible privatization of Nederlandse Loterij, is currently subject of much debate in The Hague.

It appears likely that Nederlandse Loterij will be privatized in the medium term, which could have a major impact on the financing of sports in the Netherlands. Additionally, the privatization of state-owned Nederlands Loterij would offer opportunities for a more systematic overhaul of the Dutch lottery system.

However, the current State Secretary of Finance, Marnix van Rij, recently informed the Lower House that a complete overhaul of the current lottery system, which would remove the distinction between charity lotteries and prize lotteries, would have a severely negative impact on Nederlandse Loterij. For this reason, this option is currently not being considered, van Rij wrote.

Relatedly, the current Minister of Health, Welfare, and Sport, Conny Helder, informed the Lower House that the recent advice of the Netherlands Sports Council (Nederlandse Sportraad) to replace the financing of sports by Nederlandse Loterij with financial support from the government would carry its own risks. “Every new cabinet must make its own trade-off between policy priorities, of which sports is but one,” Helder warned.

Taken together, these reactions indicate that any future overhaul of the Dutch lottery system is likely to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary – at least according to current thinking in The Hague.


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