Today (October 1st) is the launch date for the remote gambling market in the Netherlands, which means that online betting and casino sites are no longer banned in the country. The legislation of online games of chance is a result of the new gambling law, the Remote Gambling Act, which enters into force today.
According to the Dutch Gambling Authority, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the new legislation aims to channel players in the country from the black market to the legal safe casino sites of KSA licensees. In addition, the Act sets the framework for responsible gambling, prevention of the addiction to gambling, and combating fraud in the iGaming sector. The law also restricts the advertising of remote games of chance.
Rene Jansen, a Chair of KSA, states that the launch of the Dutch iGaming market is an important step for the country, which will help to protect consumers from risks of unlicensed gambling websites and create a safe environment for online gambling. Jansen believes that this will have more effect than simply prohibiting online games of chance.
10 iGaming ops can offer their services to Dutch players
The online casino and betting market of the Netherlands launches with ten licensed casino and betting operators. A list of gambling companies that were approved by KSA and received a Dutch iGaming license was made public. As of today, the following companies are permitted to offer competitive games of chance to Dutch players online:
TOTO Online B.V.;
FPO Netherlands B.V.;
Holland Casino N.V.;
NSUS Malta Ltd (GGPoker);
Play North Ltd;
Tombola International Malta, PLC;
Hillside (New Media Malta) PLC (bet365);
Bingoal Netherlands BV;
LiveScore Malta Ltd.
However, the head of KSA has assured that more betting and casino ops will be added to the list next year. The Gambling Authority has some applications pending and hopes to receive more license requests. Major iGaming companies, like Entain and Kindred, have confirmed that they intend to enter the legal market of Holland in 2022.
Self-exclusion service has launched as well
As a part of KSA’s responsible gaming initiative, the Central Self-Exclusion Register, Crucks, will also begin to offer its services on October 1 at noon. The service allows players with the signs of problem gambling to be banned from casino and sportsbook sites as well as from land-based venues no less than for half a year. Users can register in Crucks by themselves, or by casino owner, or after the request from a close friend.
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