Earlier this year on 19th February 2019, the Dutch Senate passed a draft bill on Remote Gambling in the Netherlands, which in doing so will allow the regulation of remote ie. online gambling. A date has not been set in stone as to when online gambling will be legalised and regulated, but the regulator, Kansspelautoriteit, expect it to be 1st January 2021.
Currently it is still illegal for iGaming operators to target and market their products to Dutch residents and the KSA ( Kansspelautoriteit ) take a dim view on any operator doing so. To this extent, several well known high profile operators have been subjected to fines by the KSA where they have been found to do so, after a thorough investigation has taken place.
The Dutch market is seen as a potentially lucrative market for operators and in light of the actions the KSA are taking in policing their territory it is expected all will fall into line, ceasing any activity in Holland, until the legalisation of remote gambling in the country comes into affect.
Also it is expected that iGaming operators will be queuing up to apply for a license from the KSA, once the regulator gives the green light for operators to apply.
The Remote Gambling Act which was passed by the Dutch Senate is an overhaul of the Betting and Gaming Act and will allow the KSA to “protect players, combat gambling addiction and ensure the fairness of the game. Games of chance are a high-risk product.”