Dutch Online Licensing, Market Launch Knocked Back Six Months

Licensed online gambling in the Netherlands has been delayed by six months, in what is likely to be a massive win for a group of misbehaving companies otherwise set to fall foul of the dreaded "cooling-off period".

In a letter to the Dutch parliament on Friday, justice minister Sander Dekker announced his intention to delay implementation of the Remote Gambling Act by six months from July 2020 to January 1, 2021.

In a statement published on its website, the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) later confirmed that it expects to start accepting licence applications at the start of 2021, with the market to actually open half a year later.

That reprieve will come as welcome news to many of the companies stung by KSA fines over the past eight months.

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