The Netherlands could
launch its regulated online gambling market by Q3 2017 now that
parliamentarians have approved the necessary legislation.
lower house of the Dutch parliament approved the country’s Remote Gaming
Bill by a wide majority on Thursday. The Senate is on its
summer break, but is expected to pass the bill without too much fuss once they
reconvene this autumn.
legislation imposes a 29%
tax on both online and land-based gambling revenue, plus a
further 1.5% to fund the activities of the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA)
regulatory body and another 0.5% to fund problem gambling programs.
The bill underwent a furious spate of
amending earlier in the week, including a prohibition on the country’s
land-based gambling operators from using their current player databases to
market their online sites, a move that ensures they won’t have an unfair advantage
over new entrants.
The amended bill also removed the right
of the KSA to IP-block the domains of unauthorized gambling sites. The
amendment noted that blocking unauthorized sites was a noble goal but found
there were “more disadvantages than advantages” to this scheme, which could
interfere with “the smooth technical operation of the internet.”
The bill contains some new advertising
restrictions, including limits on marketing sites via non-pay TV channels and
promoting in-play wagers during sports broadcasts. Online gambling operators
will also be prohibited from accepting wagers on any sports team with which
they have a sponsorship deal. Further amendments are likely once the bill hits
PARLIAMENT SEEKS GREATER CONTROL OVER CURAÇAO GAMBLING SECTOR
In a separate vote, the Lower House approved a motion calling for the KSA to
assert greater control over the online gambling industry in Curaçao and St.
Maarten, two former
members of the Netherlands Antilles and now constituent
countries of the Netherlands.
motion put forward by two MPs calls for the KSA to go after illegal gambling
operators in these two island states. The KSA already has a history of slapping
six-figure fines on some Curaçao-licensed online gambling sites
that accept Dutch
Dutch government appears doubtful about the motion’s legality. The Curaçao
Chronicle reported that when the motion was initially announced, the
Junior Minister of Justice and Security pointed out that Curaçao and St.
Maarten are autonomous entities when it comes to monitoring their gambling
sectors and the Netherlands couldn’t take unilateral action to alter this
is home to a number of online gambling operators, the most prominent of which
is online sportsbook Pinnacle (formerly