Dutch Get Tough on Online Illegal Advertisers

Dutch Get Tough on Online Illegal Advertisers

Dutch Secretary of State for Justice Fred Teeven: ‘we cannot tell you now that companies will never be awarded a license, however they are playing with fire.’ (Image: ANP)

While the Dutch may well open up their online gambling market next year, the country’s Secretary of State for Justice, Fred Teeven, has managed to get clear that operators currently focusing on the Dutch market illegally are unwelcome. In fact, in reaction to concerns 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.’

The same cannot be traditionally said of online gambling while Holland may have a liberal and socially progressive attitude towards soft drugs like marijuana, and prostitution. There are no legal Web gaming sites in the united states, and the government holds a monopoly that is complete gambling. The country’s only land-based casino chain, Holland Casino, which operates 13 venues round the country, is wholly owned by the state, with all profits going to the Treasury.

Breaking the Law

Nevertheless, movements are afoot to alter this. Last year, the Dutch Remote Gambling Act had been drawn up and passed by an initial round of lawmakers in February. The bill is expected to be rubber-stamped later this and should come into force midway through next year year. Experts predict that the regulated online More →