Dutch online betting legalisation to receive dozens of applications 

by Ethan Anderson Last Updated
Dutch online betting legalisation to receive dozens of applications 

Dozens of gambling companies in the Netherlands are expected to apply for a licence to offer online betting and other games from October when the country’s new legislation will take effect.

European Gaming reports the Netherlands was one of the few European countries which had not opened up the market to online gambling, leading players to use sites which were unlicensed.

“It was high time the Netherlands allowed online gambling. It’s 2021, the internet is everywhere and it doesn’t stop at the border.

“It is currently unregulated, no one is watching and it is beyond policing.. We are now going to create a safe environment,” Rene Jansen of the government gambling watchdog said.

Jansen said he expected that 35 out of the first 40 applicants would be eligible for a licence.

The law, which was six years in the making, comes into effect on Thursday, April 8.

“Providers have to have provisions in place to prevent addiction, they must be reliable and prevent money laundering and the games must be fair,” Jansen said.

Dutch contenders for a licence include Holland Casino, Nederlandse Loterij, Novamedia, ZEBetting and Gaming, Fair Play Casino and Jack’s Casino.

Big international player Bet365 is also expected to apply.

ORYX Gaming expands into the Netherlands

A leading global gaming provider has extended its European reach thanks to a new deal with JVH Gaming and Entertainment Group.

Globe Newswire reported in February that ORYX Gaming will provide JVH with its ORYX Hub iGaming platform, an integration with Kambi sportsbook and a variety of aggregated third party content, taking JVH’s business online for the first time.

The deal has been struck ahead of the much anticipated opening of the online gambling market in the Netherlands in September 2021 and will see JVH benefit from ORYX’s omni channel and cross product platforms supporting casino and sportsbook verticals.

“We’ve anticipated the Dutch market opening for some time, so it’s hugely pleasing to get this partnership with JVH over the line, a company with an impressive heritage in the Dutch gaming market,” managing director of ORYX Gaming Matevz Mazij said.

“They’ve been a leading player in the market in the Netherlands for years now and we are thrilled that they have aligned themselves with us for their online debut.

“We look forward to achieving high levels of success through a close partnership in this new and extremely exciting online market.”

“The Dutch online gambling market becoming regulated has been some time coming and we are excited about the opportunities now lying ahead,” chief executive officer and chairman of JVH Eric Olders said.

“We’re confident that with ORYX’s experience and the quality of their products, we will be able to offer our customers the best level of service and an unrivalled player experience.

“They have a great team and we look forward to partnering with them as one big team.”

Bragg Gaming Group, of which ORYX is a subsidiary said the partnership will be a model for bringing the latest in iGaming and sportsbook technologies for leading land-based casino operators everywhere.

“Our cutting edge technologies, combined with JVH’s market expertise, will create an unmatched experience for players looking for the latest in an online gaming experience,” Bragg chief executive officer Adam Arviv said.

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