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
GVC has admitted its bwin brand will be barred from receiving a Dutch licence while it waits for the two-year timer on its regulatory breaches to tick down, if the market launches as planned in January 2021.
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