Illegal gambling grows 20% in Holland

The number of Dutch residents who gamble with illegal operators has grown 20% over the last two years. The figures, from a new report conducted by Motivaction and commissioned by Holland casino, show that around 1.8m people bet with unlicensed operators.

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The Senate will discuss the Remote Gaming Bill next week. © Pexels.

The study surveyed 18,000 individuals and found that two thirds of people would prefer to play with a licensed operator. Sports betting and bingo were the most popular forms of gambling. 38% of respondents said they had gambled, while 18% admitted to gambling online.

Holland Casino currently has a monopoly on gambling in the country. That results in such high numbers of people utilising unlicensed operators, something which study authors Motivaction say costs the treasury up to €175m each year in lost revenue.

Director of Holland Casino, Erwin van Lambaart, hopes that the current coalition government can start to implement changes, saying:

More and more Dutch people gamble totally unprotected on the internet. They do so with international providers who are established on sunny holiday islands with dubious regulations… Moreover, these companies do not pay gambling tax and that is unfair competition.Erwin van Lambaart, Director of Holland Casino

This has also been bad news for operators. William Hill received a €300,000 fine from Dutch regulatory Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) late last year. In total, the KSA issued £1.5m in fines throughout 2018.

Mr Green was also on the wrong end of a fine in September 2018. The KSA alleged that Mr Green had allowed Dutch players to use its online platform by failing to employ IP blocking technology that would identify and block Dutch players. In total, the KSA issued £1.5m in fines through 23 sanctions in 2018.

The study comes one week ahead of the Senate’s debate of the Remote Gaming Bill, which has been delayed since 2016.

The Remote Gaming Bill will be debated in the Senate next week, on February 05. The legislation was initially passed through the House of Representatives in 2016, but has been met with delays since. The current coalition government aims to implement the new regulatory framework by 2020.

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