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 most senior Dutch gambling regulator has asked the industry to behave better than in neighbouring countries, in the hopes that the Netherlands can avoid the now familiar path of political backlash.

A Dutch public television investigation, which claimed that gambling online was "childishly simple" for under-age players who set up...

Dutch online gambling legislation, if it ever takes effect, could be the strictest in the world on fighting gambling addiction, according...

Regulatory Research

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The Online Gambling Act is expected to come into force on January 1, 2021, and then the online gambling market is expected to open in the...
Legislation regulating online gambling was adopted in February 2019, with the market expected to open on July 1, 2021. Meanwhile, the...

Data

Latest quarterly data from Swedish-listed Betsson AB. The data released for the operator contains the following information: Group income, geographical breakdown of income, a sector breakdown of...

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...