Dutch Online Casinos To Begin Accepting Players On October 1st
Dutch Online Casinos To Begin Accepting Players On October 1st
Online gambling in The Netherlands is something new. The Remote Gambling Act has changed the entire landscape of the internet in the country as it braces for new activity. That activity will include access to online gambling venues where Dutch bettors will have access to licensed online casinos like never before. In this article, we will look at the history of online gambling in The Netherlands, the Remote Gambling Act, and the changes coming soon for online gambling in the country.
The History of Online Gambling In The Netherlands
Gambling in The Netherlands has had a short and interesting history. Gambling in all forms dates back to just 1969 and was heavily regulated and controlled through State-owned monopoly partners. That situation has changed very little since then. Online gambling was not a factor at the time of original legislation, so with the arrival of the internet in The Netherlands, there was a lot of activity. Dutch online casinos were competing with foreign off-shore casino operators hoping to attract some of the half-million gamblers in the country. The Dutch gaming authorities, the KSA, bowed to pressure and started restricting illegal online casinos. An attempt at enforcing geo-blocking did not get past the courts, so the KSA resorted to issuing heavy fines to websites that have targetted Dutch players. Things changed with the adoption of the Remote Gambling Act, which became law in February 2019.
The Remote Gambling Act
The Remote Gambling Act addressed forms of gambling that did not exist in 1964 when casino legislation was first drafted. With the addition of new technology in the format of the internet, the guidelines that had controlled gambling activity quickly became outdated. The Remote Gambling Act directly addresses online gambling and allows it under conditions explained in the document. These guidelines have been reviewed constantly by the Dutch Senate, which passed them into law in 2019. It is going to be in force starting in October 2021. The new legislation will permit private casino game providers with their first opportunity to enter the Dutch gambling market. This includes new games and the establishment of a safe gambling atmosphere for all participants.
Some of The Regulations
Dutch casinos have a long list of guidelines to follow when they apply for a license. Here is a breakdown of the most important of these gambling restrictions:
All land-based and online casinos must use a central register where all gamblers are automatically entered and cross-referenced with their social security number. This is to prevent fraud by hackers and individuals creating fake accounts or other illegal activities. Gamblers have the option of excluding themselves from licensed gambling sites if they desire. However, once excluded, they can't access any of the gambling pages of the sites they have excluded themselves from.
Strict Marketing and Promotions
Gambling advertising is regulated strictly and the controlled practice is to protect gamblers and vulnerable groups. Dutch casinos cannot use professional athletes for marketing purposes and role models used in promotional material must be 25 years of age and older.
All casinos, land-based or online, must have a system where gamblers’ ages can be verified using IDIN (Identification and LogIN) data. IDIN is an internet-based identification process used by banks that is a trusted and secure way to verify who someone is based on their ID information.
Use Controledatabank System
All casinos must participate in the Controledatabank system. This is a control database that documents all online casino activity. It is provided to the KSA so that the gambling authority can monitor online betting activity.
Information Gambling Providers Must Offer the KSA
When a gambling provider applies for a license from the KSA, they must provide the following information to be considered for a legally licensed operation.
The casino operator must prove that they will be implementing casino games that fall under two distinct types. There must be games where a player plays against the license holder, and games that permit players to play against other players.
The casino operator must provide two very unique types of betting opportunities. One is where betting is on sporting events (sports betting), and pari-mutual betting on harness or horse racing.
The application fee for a casino license is 45,000 Euros, and that is non-refundable so if a license application is rejected, the fee stays with the KSA. The gambling authority has indicated that casino operators should not apply until all licensing conditions have been made public and that a limit exists of about 40 licenses that will be issued. It is not known at this time the total number of gambling sites that have been licensed by the KSA. However, they have indicated that the only licenses issued will go to operators that offer responsible gambling activities that are reliable, and verifiable. In other words, there will be a lot of private operators that will not qualify due to the gambling restrictions.
Dutch gamblers are chomping at the bit to legally bet on horse racing, sporting events, and participate in casino games. The Dutch Senate has finally decided to start implementing two-and-a-half-year-old approved legislation that will see private enterprise entering the lucrative land-based and online casino markets. Both of these are strictly controlled by state-run venues. Although there is promise in the new regulations opening the doors to private operators, the Dutch government, and its gambling authority are still in control with harsh guidelines for new applicants to meet to qualify for a license to operate. Regardless of the outcome, Dutch gamblers still have access to offshore, foreign gambling sites that welcome players from The Netherlands with open arms. The Remote Gambling Act intends to permit Dutch gamblers to access homegrown casino offerings but may be too strict for many gaming operators to want to pursue licensing. This means the government is still in control and will be able to direct how the casino industry evolves and grows. Time will tell as the launch for Dutch-based private casinos is set for October 1st.
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