Dutch Gamers! We Have an Update on Your Gaming License Regulation
Published on by Adam
We promised an update to the Dutch Remote Gaming Bill back in early-May, and the Gaming in Holland conference has provided a few telling details. There were many topics on the agenda in Amsterdam, but none quite as pressing as any developments on the country’s ongoing process to implement their online casino gaming license.
Thankfully, there were many discussions about the Remote Gaming Bill’s status throughout the summit, so let’s take you through the best snippets.
Holland’s Remote Gaming Bill Set for October Debate, but Earliest Deployment is Next Summer
Being updated by officials from the Ministry of Security and Justice, attendees of the Gaming in Holland presentation were told that the Netherlands’ Remote Gaming Bill would be discussed by the Senate in October, alongside the casino reform bill.
One official, Mr Dennis Van Breemen, explained that July 2018 would be the earliest availability of a regulated online casino Dutch market, but he was “not optimistic” this target would be met.
Despite effectively confirming our suspicions, it’s another shot to the guy for Holland’s bustling iGaming enthusiasts.
Many have been left in limbo due to the harsh penalties the country’s gambling authority, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), have imposed on overseas online casino operators – and it, unfortunately, looks as though the saga won’t be rectified anytime soon.
Disagreements About Netherlands’ iGaming Legislation Exist
What’s more, Mr Van Breemen alluded to Holland’s Remote Gambling Bill coming under pressure due to differences of opinion.
Describing the troubles as “complexity of the political process”, he stated that there was a “tough journey” still to travel before any regulations are in place – while even suggesting that the draft law may not even pass through the Senate.
That really would throw the cat amongst the pigeons, as Dutch gamers would be even more stranded in these turn of events – with no viable online casino entertainment platforms at their disposal now, or in the near future.
What the Current Proposals Would Mean for Dutch Online Casino Players
Despite all the supposed doom and gloom, the Ministry of Security and Justice are continuing their efforts by working on the mandatory secondary legislation which will be of huge interest to Dutch players.
Why? Because this is the piece that outlines exactly what kind of internet casino games will be on offer.
Slots, Table Games, Poker and Sportsbook
Licensed Dutch online gambling operators will be able to host casino slots, classic table games, poker platforms and sports betting content. At least they’ve identified the most popular areas of online wagering!
As with many other iGaming licenses, the appropriate safety measures are a must – with proper verification, licensed payments and responsible gaming policies top of the list.
Furthermore, adverts promoting gambling on TV would only be permitted between 19:00-06:00 hours and shouldn’t be aimed specifically at young adults.
Crucially, online casino bonuses, promotions, offers and deals will be allowed.
We’ll be monitoring the Dutch internet gambling situation ourselves over the coming weeks and months – with October’s expected Senate hearing in our sights.
As always, any new developments will instantly be communicated to our readers.