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Martin Lycka: Gambling and its Dutchman’s curse

In the latest of a series of columns examining international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka retraces the industry’s arduous history with Dutch politics and policies…  _________________ The year was 1964. The Beatles dominated the charts, Sidney Poitier became the first Afro American actor to have won an Oscar and a Czechoslovak gymnast Vera Caslavska enchanted the world …

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KSA Chief monitors ‘Euro conduct’ ahead of Dutch licensing opening

Rene Jansen, Chairman of the Netherlands gambling regulatory authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has warned industry leadership that operator conduct and behaviour will be judged as key conditions for licensing. Jansen made his remarks addressing an audience of legal executives at a gaming event hosted by Amsterdam law firm Kalff Katz & Franssen. 2019 saw the Dutch Kamer settle on the terms …

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Martin Lycka: Gamblng advertising – Here be monsters!

In the latest of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka dips into the rich history of Greek mythology to put the industry’s challenges this year into some sort of context. A spectre is haunting gambling Europe – the spectre of a ban on gambling related advertising. It came from Italy …

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Dutch government delays market launch date to review secondary concerns

Plans to launch the regulated Netherlands online gambling marketplace have been delayed for a further six months to 1 June 2021. Dutch Justice Minister Sander Dekker confirmed the six-month delay to the Kamer (parliament) on Friday 15 November, with Netherlands gambling regulatory authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) informing industry stakeholders. The KSA said that the delay is related to a review of …

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Dutch KSA puts value on ‘reputation’ in 2020 licensing guidance

The Netherlands’ gambling regulatory authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has updated industry stakeholders on ‘provisional guidance’ related to its licensing process, which is scheduled to officially open from 1 July 2020. Preparing incumbents, the KSA details guidance on core requirements sanctioned by its upcoming licensing process, reminding operators that applications will cost €45,000 each with no refund granted should an operator fail to …

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Home market adjustments impact Kindred’s YTD profits

Replicating market-wide trends, Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc cannot escape ‘challenging core market conditions’ as the company continues to experience headwinds in Sweden and the Netherlands. Publishing its latest year-to-date interim trading statement (unaudited period Jan-Sep 2019), Kindred maintains a positive revenue momentum at £677 million (YTD2018: £ 658m) – as governance underlines ‘strong locally licensed revenue growth at 33%’, highlighting growth …

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IBIA & bet365 advise Dutch government to drop in-play limitations

A diverse range of betting stakeholders have advised the Dutch government not to restrict betting markets and instead implement sensible in-play wagering policies, as the Netherlands prepares to launch its regulated online gambling marketplace in 2021. Industry submissions have been made public as the Dutch government concludes its consultation on draft laws intended to govern remote gambling services. Seventeen industry …

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Dutch KSA fines Kindred €470K for breaching 1964 conditions

Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc has been fined €470,000 by the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) in relation to breaching legislative terms set by the ‘1964 Gambling Act’. Kindred said that the Dutch KSA has sanctioned the penalty to Malta-based trading subsidiary Trannel International Ltd for accepting wagers from Dutch customers in violation of 1964 Gambling Act regulatory provisions. The European operator details …

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Betsson H1 results disrupted by tough regulatory dynamics

Nordic market adjustments and Dutch declines have seen Betsson AB governance report a 5% year-on-year revenue decline for Q2 2019 trading. Publishing its H1 2019 interim update, Stockholm-listed Betsson AB reports a tough Q2 April-to-June trading period, in which group revenues declined 5% to SEK 1.27 billion (Q2 2018: SEK 1.3bn). Betsson governance details a ‘period of operational adjustments’, in …

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Dutch KSA publishes first guidelines on money laundering

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Netherlands gambling authority, has published its first guidelines on preventing money laundering and the financing of criminal activities through gambling verticals. Though not ‘legally binding’, the provisions and best practices promoted by KSA have been developed to ‘comply with obligations’ established by the Netherlands ‘Wwft Prevention Act’. Maintaining the integrity of Dutch financial systems, all business stakeholders …

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