The Dutch government drafted a legislative proposal for the Remote Gambling Act and after a long parliamentary process, this Act was passed by the Dutch Senate in February 2019.
After being put back, the act finally entered in force on April 1st, 2021 meaning operators had until the 15th April 2021 to apply, with the launch of the licensed market occurring on October 1st, 2021.
KSA received 28 applicants, with all applicants paying the stand alone 48,000 EUR fee.
The four types of online/remote games of chance include:
- Casino games in which the players play against the license holder (roulette and blackjack, for example).
- Casino games in which the players play against each other (poker, for example).
- Bets on events occurring during a sporting contest or on the outcome of a sporting contest.
- Bets on the outcome of horse racing and harness racing.
KSA say that player verification takes place before allowing players to participate in games. The verification process includes identity verification, and the decree states that the following information is required for purposes of player registration: the surname, given names, date of birth, gender, place of birth of the person and, if available, the citizen service number appearing on the identity document of said person; the physical address and contact details of the person, including at least email and phone; and the contra account number or other unique identifier of the contra account, and the name on said account.
The most interesting part of the act, is that there will be a Central Register of Exclusion of Games of Chance, Cruks for short. Before a player can gamble, the gambling provider must check whether the player is registered. If so, the player should not be allowed in.
From KSA, “Cruks is an important tool to combat gambling addiction. Providers of risky games of chance – physical and online – must join Cruks. The current schedule is that Cruks will enter into force on October 1st, 2021 . Providers of games of chance can test their affiliation with Cruks earlier.”
It’s probably fair to say the Dutch government has made sure it’s up there with some of the most demanding regulations, and the operators must abide by the parts of the Remote Gambling Act concerning addiction prevention and consumer protection.
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