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2016 is wanting to go down in the historical past guides as a pivotal calendar year for gaming in the Netherlands.
Among this year’s highlights are the adoption of the distant gaming monthly bill by the Decreased House, the very first granting of a charity lottery license to a new market place entrant in just about 30 decades, and the proposal of laws to privatize condition-owned Holland On line casino.
You should be part of us in remembering 2016 by way of our 10 most-examine content of the calendar year!
one. Privatization of Holland On line casino Could Get paid the Netherlands up to €1bn (May well 18, 2016)
After the Dutch federal government submitted a monthly bill to Parliament proposing the privatization and sale of Holland On line casino, insiders rapidly started off speculating about the on line casino chain’s really worth.
In accordance to investigative reporter Stefan Vermeulen, Holland On line casino could internet the Dutch condition as a lot as €1bn – and quite perhaps even much more.
two. Gambling Taxation and Participant Channeling Rate (March 23, 2016)
In March, famous financial investigation and consulting firm Ecorys released a research on the connection involving gambling tax level and the anticipated stage of player channeling.
Their verdict: in scenario of a gaming tax level of 20%, the stated policy target of the Dutch distant gaming monthly bill, a player channeling diploma of eighty%, is on the upper limit of the anticipated array. The present proposal of a tax level of 29% would much more most likely than not outcome in a (a lot) decreased diploma of player channeling.
We followed up with an distinctive Q&A with Robert Haffner, the study’s lead author.
three. Dutch Gaming Authority KSA Grants Lottery License to Lottovate (November 22, 2016)
For the very first time in just about 30 decades, a lottery license was granted to a new market place entrant.
Yet again, we followed up with an distinctive Q&A. This time, with Peter-Paul de Goeij, Running Director of Lottovate Nederland.
4. Gaming in Holland 2016 Recap (June 9, 2016)
Skilled panels at our annual Gaming in Holland Meeting reviewed numerous very hot subject areas, together with the privatization of Holland On line casino, the distant gaming monthly bill, accountable gaming, as perfectly as lotteries and the funding of sports and charities in the Netherlands.
five. How (and Why) Regulated Distant Gaming Will Be Coming to the Netherlands (July 15, 2016)
Willem van Oort reviewed the run-up to, as perfectly as the effects of, the adoption of the distant gaming monthly bill by the Dutch Decreased House on July 7, in an short article that initially appeared on YogoNet.com.
“The distant gaming monthly bill that recently passed the Decreased House represents a compromise (in time-honored Dutch style) involving the ideas of specific obligation and paternal disapproval of “irresponsible” pursuits such as gambling. As a outcome, we have witnessed, about the past couple decades, many delays, hesitant legislators, and quite a couple illustrations of legislative posturing to signal a Calvinist-tinged ethical distaste of the activity of pursuing unearned prosperity.
But in the long run, a substantial the vast majority of legislators also identified that distant gaming does not prevent at a country’s borders and that regulation is for that reason preferable to a wholly unlawful and unregulated market place.”
6. Looking Back again at the Kalff Katz & Franssen/IMGL Annual Gaming Marketplace Occasion (January 27, 2016)
On Friday, January 22, 2016, regulation organization Kalff Katz & Franssen hosted its Annual Gaming Marketplace Occasion. The 2016 version was co-hosted with the Intercontinental Masters of Gaming Regulation. With about a hundred and fifty attendees from all about the globe representing the on the net and land-primarily based gaming field, as perfectly as consultants, regulators, and policy makers, the celebration was a substantial results.
The major matter of the discussion have been the (sooner or later adopted) amendments to the distant gaming monthly bill that released a uniform gaming tax level of 29% for each the on the net and land-primarily based sectors.
Observe a video summary of the celebration right here.
7. Charm by 21 Notable Gaming Industry experts: “Regulate KOA/Distant Gaming As Shortly As Possible” (June 13, 2016)
At just one place during late spring it appeared that the Decreased House would not vote on the distant gaming monthly bill forward of the looming summer season recess. In reaction, 21 popular gaming gurus, together with Marja Appelman, CEO at the Netherlands Gaming Authority, referred to as on Parliament to vote on the monthly bill as rapidly as attainable.
Not a lot later on, on July 7, the monthly bill was eventually adopted by the Decreased House.
eight. EGR/GiH Breakfast Briefing: What is Future for Holland? (December two, 2016)
On December one, EGR Journal, Gaming in Holland, and SBTech hosted a perfectly-attended Breakfast Briefing on the most current regulatory developments in the Dutch gaming, betting, and lottery markets.
Subject areas of discussion included distant gaming in the Netherlands, lotteries, land-primarily based betting, and – past but not least – the recently introduced tender for the single Dutch horse racing totalizator betting license.
9. Dutch Distant Gaming Bill Heading for Senate Bulk (June 24, 2016)
Even ahead of the remaining vote on the distant gaming monthly bill in the Decreased House, it grew to become apparent that the monthly bill was extremely most likely heading for a Senate the vast majority as perfectly.
Remarkably, during the discussion in the Decreased House just about all political teams expressed displeasure with the Netherlands Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit), citing a deficiency of energy in imposing the present prohibition on on the net gaming – irrespective of the alternatively evident reality that, so considerably, it has been presented couple powers to truly do so.
ten. Senate Committee’s Inquiries on Distant Gaming Bill Released (November 7, 2016)
Forward of its vote (which ideally comes quickly) the Senate Committee for Protection and Justice submitted a number of penned queries to Point out Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff with regards to the distant gaming monthly bill.
Though these queries did not show up much too threatening (signaling greatest Senate approval), the Point out Secretary’s answers could even now enable delineate the eventual interpretation the act is to be presented by the courts and other legal bodies.
While everybody wished the Point out Secretary would react to these queries ahead of Christmas, this seems to not have occurred.
Allow us all hope for a quick resumption of the legislative process in 2017…