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September 25, 2020

To prevent underage gambling

Dutch regulator toughens policies on iGaming

Dutch regulator toughens policies on iGaming
The Dutch Gaming Authority announced a series of measures against operators targeting minors.
Netherlands | 05/31/2017

The Dutch Gaming Authority announced a series of measures against operators targeting minors.

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W Kesler, vice-chairman of the Dutch Gaming Authority, said: "The fact minors can participate in online gambling is unacceptable."

Although online gambling is still illegal in the Netherlans, licenses are granted, but for games of chance, they must not be in the Dutch language, have a website address ending with .com or be advertising through radio, television or print media.

This year, the Gaming Authority will launch an investigation into the involvement of minors in online gambling.

Further guidelines will be focus on those operators that target the Dutch market with:

  • Games of chance via a website with a .com extension .games of chance via a website, whether or not log in, (also) in the Dutch language;
  • illegal online gambling offers advertised via radio, television or print media focused on the Dutch market;
  • use of domain names containing typical Netherlands referring to concepts in conjunction with gaming indications (such as lump bingo ',' fun poker 'or' red-white-blue-casinos);
  • other features which focus on the Netherlands to derive (pictures on the website of typical Dutch elements as clogs or windmills, bonuses to be regarded as typically Dutch as syrup waffles).
  • the use of means of payment, wholly or largely used by Dutch;
  • the absence of (different variations) of geoblocking.
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