The payment provider iDeal is very popular in the Netherlands. There is some sad news for Dutch casino players who use for a payment: it’s no longer available on PokerStars. The popular casino has sent a message to its Dutch players, but doesn’t explain why the payment option is now deleted. What could be the reason?
Why has Pokerstars removed iDeal?
The most logical reason for the removal of iDeal is that Pokerstars wants to apply for a Dutch license in the future. The company wants to meet the requirements of the Dutch Gambling Authority to make this possible. One of the requirements is no advertising to Dutch players. An other well-known company, Betsson, already received a fine of 300.000 euros because its advertisements aimed specifically at Dutch players. This happened quite recently, in last August.
Other payment methods
The fact that iDeal has been removed, doesn’t mean that Dutch players cannot pay at PokerStars anymore. In its message the casino write that some payment methods work in the same way as Pokerstars, including Trustly and SOFORT. They’re definitely worth trying, since it’s not sure if iDeal ever comes back.
Online gambling in the Netherlands
Online gambling is currently not allowed in the Netherlands. The government is planning to change this, but it’s not known when online gambling companies can really enter the market. This doesn’t mean that gambling companies are not active in the Netherlands, but the legal ones only provide gambling in land-based casinos.
Legalization of online gambling in the Netherlands
In July 2016, the Dutch government already decided that online games of chance must be legalized. This was already two years ago. The politicians in The Hague will vote about the new gambling law in the Netherlands real soon. Because of the legalization online gamblers’ certainty about their deposits will be increased. The online gambling market will also be beneficial for the treasury, since international gambling companies will be established in the Netherlands instead of Malta or another gambling paradise.