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Hoftoren
Rijnstraat 50
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Playtech expand partnership with LeoVegas in the Netherlands
LeoVegas will be offering a wide range of Playtech’s popular casino slots and live casino games to Dutch customers.

NOGA says ad ban is 'irresponsible' and will drive players to black market
The Netherlands Online Gambling Association is urging the country's Ministry of Justice and Security to reconsider its decision to ban online gambling advertising.

Blueprint Gaming extends Netherlands presence with OneCasino partnership
One Casino players gain access to releases from some of Blueprint’s most iconic games in the Dutch market including Wolf Legend Megaways, Fishin' Frenzy and King Kong Cash.

RubyPlay strengthens Dutch market reach in partnership with Play North
Through this new collaboration, RubyPlay’s diverse portfolio of unique games has gone live with Play North’s Dutch-facing casino brand Kansino, including the Immortal Ways series.

Pragmatic Play adds slots to Hommerson Casino in the Netherlands
Pragmatic Play’s expanding library of slots can now be experienced by Hommerson Casino players online, including fan favorites such as Sugar Rush and Sweet Bonanza,

Realistic Games enters Dutch market with Circus.nl Sport & Casino
The initial batch of games rolling out will include Realistic’s smash hits Book of Charms and Catch 22 among others.

Relax Gaming launches content with Fair Play Casino
The partnership will see Fairplaycasino.nl provide its players with a range of titles including Money Train 4, Bill & Coin, and Temple Tumble.

Greentube gains momentum in the Dutch market with One Casino launch
Digital conversions of AWP titles are now available to the operator’s player base, including Random Runner 15, Simply Wilder and Club 2000 Deluxe.

BetComply launches ComplyCheck
The technical and regulatory compliance firm launched the new self-assessment/audit hybrid designed to help license holders in the Netherlands navigate increasingly complex requirements.

Hacksaw Gaming goes live with JOI Gaming in the Netherlands
To collaborate with the platform for online betting in the Netherlands aligns with the strategic efforts of Hacksaw Gaming in strengthening its foothold in the Dutch market.

Netherlands

In February 2019, the Dutch Senate approved the Remote Gambling Bill, which is a modernization of the Betting and Gaming Act and makes it possible to legally offer and play gambling via the internet. The idea behind legalization – in which many countries have preceded the Netherlands – is that issuing licenses allows for the establishment of stringent conditions for online betting and gaming operators. These conditions, set out in a license, are intended to protect players, combat gambling addiction and ensure the fairness of the game.


In May 2013, the Dutch government proposed changes to its online gaming laws that would open up the market to foreign operators.

When it goes in effect, the Remote Betting and Gaming Bill will allow foreign operators access to the Netherlands if they obtain a Dutch license. The new Dutch licenses will include strict rules for operators to follow to protect consumers and address problem gambling.

Online gaming providers will also have to pay a 20% tax on gross gaming revenue. The legislation will also privatize Holland Casino.

The legislation will be a marked departure from the recent history of online gaming in the Netherlands.

In January 2015, the Dutch Gaming Authority, Kansspelautoriteit, signed a letter of intent with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission in anticipation of building a working relationship ahead of the expected approval of online gambling legislation in the Netherlands.

Like many European internet gambling models, the Netherlands does not currently allow its citizens to gamble online through foreign operators.

The operator De Lotto maintains a long-standing license for online gaming in the Netherlands. After foreign internet gaming operators raised challenges that De Lotto violated European Union (EU) agreements requiring open access to the national market, in February 2005 the Dutch Supreme Court upheld De Lotto's status as the only operator that may accept online wagers placed from the Netherlands. The Supreme Court ruling reversed an earlier 2004 ruling of the Arnhem court determining that the national license laws contradict (EU) case law.

In September 2006, the Dutch Supreme Court approved a measure allowing the Holland Casino, a government-owned, land-based casino operator, to offer internet casino gaming as an extension of its land-based services. Holland Casino was restricted to offering traditional casino games to residents of Holland.

In 2007, De Lotto and Holland Casino were under investigation by the (EU) for holding a monopoly on the online gaming market in the Netherlands. In February 2008, the European Commission issued a final warning before court action would be taken over the Netherlands' gambling market restrictions.

Holland Casino's online casino is no longer operational. In 2008, the Senate voted against an amendment that would have allowed Holland Casino to operate online gambling on a three-year experimental basis. The Dutch parliament also did not pass a vote on a new bill that proposed to regulate limited internet gambling.

In 2010, U.K.-licensed operators Betfair and Ladbrokes challenged the Dutch online gaming ban. The European Court of Justice ruled against them, stating that countries are allowed to prohibit online gambling if the main reason is to combat fraud and crime.

In 2011, the Dutch began pursuing the possibility of a more liberal online gaming legislative framework. The State Secretary of Security and Justice said current laws were being ignored by Dutch citizens and a new law would allow more oversight. It was also noted that the licensing system for lotteries in the Netherlands should be more transparent and that casino operator Holland Casino should be reviewed. The auctioning of online gaming and lottery licenses could generate at least EUR 10 million (USD 14.1 million) annually.

In February 2012, the Netherlands Supreme Court ruled that a nationwide ban of online gambling "is not contrary to European law on free movement of services." Online poker remained illegal and additional steps to block online operators from offering their services to the Dutch were put in place, including directing banks to block financial transactions related to online gaming. The blocking of transactions was done on a voluntary basis and not enforced by the government.

In June 2012, Kansspelautoriteit issued enforcement warnings to 40 operators that they believed were illegally offering online gaming to the Netherlands. The warning said that operators that failed to comply would be excluded from the new regulatory system. Approximately half the operators took steps to comply.

In February 2019, the upper house of the Netherlands legislature passed the Remote Gaming Act, paving the way for the roll-out of igaming regulation in the country. The Remote Gambling Act makes it legal to offer gambling via the internet in the Netherlands. In order to do so, operators need a licence from the Netherlands Gambling Authority, which planned to issue the first licenses by 1 October 2021.

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Netherlands
Address
Kansspelautoriteit
Hoftoren
Rijnstraat 50
The Hague
Netherlands 2515 XP

Website

Email

General Information
+31 70 302 1300

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Netherlands Jurisdiction News

Playtech expand partnership with LeoVegas in the Netherlands
LeoVegas will be offering a wide range of Playtech’s popular casino slots and live casino games to Dutch customers.

NOGA says ad ban is 'irresponsible' and will drive players to black market
The Netherlands Online Gambling Association is urging the country's Ministry of Justice and Security to reconsider its decision to ban online gambling advertising.

Blueprint Gaming extends Netherlands presence with OneCasino partnership
One Casino players gain access to releases from some of Blueprint’s most iconic games in the Dutch market including Wolf Legend Megaways, Fishin' Frenzy and King Kong Cash.

RubyPlay strengthens Dutch market reach in partnership with Play North
Through this new collaboration, RubyPlay’s diverse portfolio of unique games has gone live with Play North’s Dutch-facing casino brand Kansino, including the Immortal Ways series.

Pragmatic Play adds slots to Hommerson Casino in the Netherlands
Pragmatic Play’s expanding library of slots can now be experienced by Hommerson Casino players online, including fan favorites such as Sugar Rush and Sweet Bonanza,

Realistic Games enters Dutch market with Circus.nl Sport & Casino
The initial batch of games rolling out will include Realistic’s smash hits Book of Charms and Catch 22 among others.

Relax Gaming launches content with Fair Play Casino
The partnership will see Fairplaycasino.nl provide its players with a range of titles including Money Train 4, Bill & Coin, and Temple Tumble.

Greentube gains momentum in the Dutch market with One Casino launch
Digital conversions of AWP titles are now available to the operator’s player base, including Random Runner 15, Simply Wilder and Club 2000 Deluxe.

BetComply launches ComplyCheck
The technical and regulatory compliance firm launched the new self-assessment/audit hybrid designed to help license holders in the Netherlands navigate increasingly complex requirements.

Hacksaw Gaming goes live with JOI Gaming in the Netherlands
To collaborate with the platform for online betting in the Netherlands aligns with the strategic efforts of Hacksaw Gaming in strengthening its foothold in the Dutch market.

 
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