Dutch Get Tough on Online Illegal Advertisers

Dutch Get Tough on Online Illegal Advertisers

Dutch Secretary of State for Justice Fred Teeven: 'I cannot inform you given that companies will never be issued a license, however they are playing with fire.' (Image: ANP)

The country's Secretary of State for Justice, Fred Teeven, has made it very clear that operators currently targeting the Dutch market illegally are unwelcome while the Dutch may well open up their online gambling market next year. In fact, in response to questions in the Dutch Parliament about the total amount of online sports advertising that is betting at Dutch citizens into the run up to the World Cup, Teeven warned that such sites were 'playing with fire.'

While Holland may have a liberal and socially progressive attitude towards soft drugs like cannabis, and prostitution, the same cannot be traditionally said of online gambling. There are no legal Internet video gaming sites in the nation, and the federal government holds a monopoly that is complete gambling. The nation's only casino that is land-based, Holland Casino, which operates 13 venues around the country, is wholly owned by the state, with all profits going to the Treasury.

Breaking the Law

But, movements are afoot to alter this. Last year, the Dutch Remote Gambling Act was drawn up and passed by a round that is initial of in February. The bill is expected to be rubber-stamped later this year and really should come into force midway through next year. Experts predict that a regulated environmeRead more