Remote Gambling Act

Dutch poker affiliate PokerKamers launches new website in line with regulatory changes

Reading time 1:13 min, a Dutch spoken poker affiliate site existing since 2006, launched its new website in October 2021. The founders have now introduced a new policy to comply with the regulatory changes that came into effect after the Netherlands Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit/ KSA) introduced its set of rules for operators to offer legal online gaming in the Netherland.

"Being fully compliant meant saying farewell to online poker sites that did not receive a license to legally operate in the Netherlands; this includes renowned sites like partypoker and bwin, as parent company Entain's initial application got rejected," said founder Joris Koningsberg.

Entain did not receive a license to offer their brands in the Netherlands, including their online poker sites, because they continued to accept Dutch customers after the market closed due to the Dutch Remote Gambling Act (Kansspel op Afstand/ KOA) on April 1, 2021.

"It was an easy decision because the only other option was working with illegal poker sites. And besides, one of our favorite partners (Hillside plc's bet365) did receive their license," commented Koningsberg.

Meanwhile, all Entain brands now comply with the Dutch Gambling Authority's cooling-off period and the company is expected to obtain a license in the first half of 2022.

With the decision to be fully compliant with Dutch law and regulations, also improved the overall quality of its website, the company said. A new look and feel, a comprehensive audit of all existing pages, as well as many new ones, were completed before the launch of their new website.

"And there is more," added co-owner Oscar Oosterling, "We have added a poker course, several tools including a tournament filter and the M-Calculator, and poker cheat sheets. And our to-do list is only getting bigger."

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