Remote Gambling Act

This bill modernizes the Betting and Gambling Act (Wok) and the Betting and Gaming Tax Act (Wet KSB) by making online games of chance possible under strict conditions. The government wants to regulate the current and future need for games of chance via the Internet and other future electronic means of communication and to ensure that the player has a suitable and attractive offer with guarantees against gambling addiction and crime. Remote games of chance are games of chance in which the player participates online and without physical contact with (the staff of) the organizer of the games of chance.

This proposal breaks the monopoly of traditional land-based sports betting. In order to prevent gambling addiction in online gambling as much as possible, there will be a central register for the exclusion of games of chance (CRUKS) and additional supervisory and enforcement powers for the games of chance authority.

The Gambling Act was passed in 2016

The proposal (EK 33.996, A) was adopted by the House of Representatives on 7 July 2016. PvdA, GroenLinks, D66, Van Vliet, Klein, the Kuzu / Öztürk Group, Houwers, the VVD, the Bontes / Van Klaveren Group and the PVV voted in favor.

The plenary debate by the Senate took place on 5 February 2019 and continued on 12 February 2019. During the debate, six motions were submitted on 12 February 2019. The Senate adopted the proposal on 19 February 2019 after a vote by sitting and standing.

For: VVD, PvdA, GroenLinks, D66 and PVV.

Against: SGP, ChristenUnie, CDA, PvdD, 50PLUS, OSF and SP.

Distance Gaming Act

The Act on Remote Gaming regulates the online provision of gambling in the Netherlands and allows the Gaming Authority, under strict conditions, to grant licenses for the provision of online gambling on the Dutch market. The Act aims to prevent gambling addiction, combat gambling-related fraud and crime, and protect players. Some of the measures also apply to casinos and slot machine halls. They must develop, maintain and apply a more stringent addiction prevention policy. The Games of Chance Authority will have more powers and be better able to supervise and control.

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