Dutch Senate approves landmark Remote Gaming Act

Earlier today the Dutch Senate approved the Remote Gaming Bill which will regulate online gambling in the Netherlands.
Dutch Senate approves landmark Remote Gaming Act
  • The Dutch Senate voted to pass the long-awaited Remote Gaming Bill into law.
  • Licenses are expected to be granted from mid-2020.
  • Dutch Minister of Justice Sander Dekker said: “I am happy that we can now offer players a secure offer so that games of chance can be played online in a responsible manner.”

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Today the Dutch Senate voted to pass the long-awaited Remote Gaming Bill into law, ushering in a new area of online gambling in the Netherlands.

The legislation will regulate online gambling in hopes of combating this currently illegal and unregulated sector within the Dutch market. Licenses are expected to be granted from mid-2020.

Additionally, senators agreed to adopt a motion proposing a two-year “cooling off” period for so-called “illegal” operators, however, what constitutes an illegal operator has yet to be defined. They also voted to investigate whether to ban online gambling advertising in the Netherlands.

Dutch Minister of Justice Sander Dekker said: “I am happy that we can now offer players a secure offer so that games of chance can be played online in a responsible manner.”

The Dutch government also adopted a motion to “consider” giving the Dutch Gambling Authority (KSA) powers to block the ISPs of illegal operators, once the evaluation period of the new legislation, scheduled to conclude in 2022, had been completed. Rene Jansen, chair of the KSA, called today’s vote a “milestone”, adding that it would “enable the KSA to protect participants in online games of chance”.

Following the vote, the KSA confirmed the conditions which operators must fulfil to qualify for a permit under the new legislation. These include connecting to both a central Control Database (CDB) and a nationwide self-exclusion database as well as showing a duty of care to consumers, monitoring players and intervening where at-risk gambling is suspected.

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