According to a letter of Justice and Security minister Dekker companies that provide illegal gambling on the internet will not be persecuted immediately. The government gives them a second chance, because it will still be possible to receive a legal gambling permit in the near future. By writing the letter, Dekker makes clear that he doesn’t agree with the opinion of the Dutch government about illegal gambling. It recently stated that companies that now offer illegal gambling will never obtain a permit.
Online gambling market in the Netherlands
At the moment the online gambling market is illegal in the Netherlands. This doesn’t mean that no one gambles in secret. These are actually some companies that provide online gambling illegally. The House of Parliament obviously doesn’t agree with these activities and demands that companies that provide illegal gambling will never get an official permit in the future.
Illegal international gambling websites
Dekker doesn’t want to punish these companies automatically. He and some other politicians fear that international gambling websites will still be popular, even when they don’t have a punishment. Illegal gambling will still continue, since loyal customers aren’t going somewhere else. Fact is that it’s really hard to punish these illegal and international gambling websites.
A reward for bad behavior?
Dekker thinks that it’s a better idea to legalize old and illegal gambling websites. Not everyone agrees with the politician. They say that it seems like a reward for bad behavior. Making illegal websites legal does have it’s advantages though. The websites have to deal with new rules regarding gambling addictions, which might be better than the rules they have now. Legal websites are also required to pay taxes, which is good for the finances of the State.
Discussion about the gambling law
The Dutch Senate will discuss the online gambling law after the summer. Main subject will be the law that possibly gives certain companies permission to offer online games of chance. These companies will need a gambling permission to provide casino games. This permission is tied to strict rules. A company has to pay attention to gambling addictions and has to do anything to prevent this, for example. It also needs to pay taxes, so that the Dutch government will benefit from the new and legal online gambling market. Time will tell when all of this becomes reality.