Dutch Online Gambling Receives a Boost

Positive news for the Dutch online gambling market as the regulator has issued ten permits and has stated that this is only the beginning.

Kansspelautoriteit have praised the implantation of the Remote Gaming Act and hailed it as an important step in the modernization of the Dutch gambling policy.

The start of the Dutch legalized online gambling market began on October 1st, and the first ten permits enabled the operators involved to offer a service from that date.

René Jansen, chair of the Dutch gaming authority, had this to say about the new permits, “Applications are still pending, there is a category of providers that have not yet been allowed to apply for a permit. This is the result of the Postema’s motion that was tabled during the consideration of the bill in the Senate.

Other providers may also be interested, but they are waiting to submit an application because they are not yet ready for it. Strict conditions must be met, and strict testing is carried out. But there will certainly be more permit holders.”

“The mission of the Gaming Authority is ‘to play it safe’, the consumer who wants to participate in games of chance must be able to do so in a safe environment,” it was added.

“He must be assured of a fair game. And the provider must pay sufficient attention to the prevention of gambling addiction. Today, an important step has been taken with the opening up of the legal market for online gambling. Recent years have shown that simply banning online gambling was no longer possible. With legalization and regulation, it is better possible to protect consumers against abuses.”

Several operators, including LeoVegas and Betsson, have stopped accepting Dutch customers but hope that they will be awarded a permit in the near future.

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