New Dutch Government May Regulate Online Gambling

Published Thursday, October 07, 2010 -

Online gambling in Holland has been getting some serious attention as speculation by the country's media has begun to report on the issue of legalization. The Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reported that that the new government of Holland is looking at ending it's monopoly on gambling there.
A recent inquiry introduced and organized by Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin into the positive and negative aspects of online gambling in Holland suggested that a limited number of licenses be issued to online poker sites to offer online poker to the Dutch consumer.

The country’s sports betting monopoly De Lotto has fought off all foreign online gambling operators in the courts and has steadfastly refused any legislation that would allow competition. In 2008 the Dutch government went so far as to prepare a blacklist of foreign online gambling sites, and demanded that banks in Holland refuse to do business with the companies.
Ladbrokes and Betfair have been working for years to gain the right to serve the Dutch jurisdiction. After a lengthy trial launched by Betfair the European Court of Justice, recently ruled that the Netherlands had every right to ban internet gambling.

Pure speculation by the Telegraaf newspaper has sparked an avalanche of negative comments from readers in Holland. The new right-wing government, in a surprise announcement stated that the Netherlands may soon legalize, license and regulate internet gambling. Sources in the Hague, were quoted saying the proposal could raise as much as €270 million in much needed revenue for the government coffers. 

Recently after the comprehensive report on internet gambling the Dutch courts ruled internet poker to be a game of skill, not a game of chance. Online poker is very popular in Holland so the report singled out and focused primarily on just poker. Critics said that all forms of online gambling should be brought into a regulatory system. The report also said, "This regime should be explicitly designed to bring illegal poker operators under a legal regime,"


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