After more than a decade of false dawns, the Netherlands finally ratified its Online Gambling Act in February 2019, in the process confirming that one of Europe’s last remaining major grey markets is definitively heading for full online regulation.

Between now and an expected market launch, at the earliest, in early 2021, there remain many unanswered questions.

Reams of secondary regulations still need to be approved and the status of what will happen to those operators who have been fined or warned by the Dutch regulator is uncertain. 

Grey market "cowboys" could face a cooling-off period or worse, the government has warned, and the regulator has indicated it is not finished with enforcement action yet.

On the land-based front, the proposed privatisation of Holland Casino is hanging by a thread.

See below for GamblingCompliance’s in-depth and up-to-the-minute coverage of Dutch gambling re-regulation.

Insight & Analysis

The Dutch regulator has said it "goes without saying" that the country’s land-based gambling monopolies will be dismantled.

The Netherlands is considering the option of shifting its entire lottery sector to open licensing, after a government-commissioned report...

Every operator granted an online licence under the new Dutch regime will have to discard their old player databases and start from scratch...

Regulatory Research

Legislation regulating online gambling is expected to come into force on January 1, 2021, with the online gambling market expected to open...
The Online Gambling Act is expected to come into force on January 1, 2021 and the market is set to open on July 1, 2021. Secondary...
The Online Gambling Act is expected to come into force on January 1, 2021, which means the online gambling market would be expected to open...

Data

Latest annual data from Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries. The data released for the operator contains the following information by operating segment: Sales income, prize expense and distributions to...

Latest quarterly data from Swedish-listed Kindred Group (formerly Unibet). The data released for the operator contains the following information: Gross winnings revenue (GWR), gross profit, profit...