Report reveals extent of Dutch illegal online gambling

Report reveals extent of Dutch illegal online gambling

Friday, November 27, 2015 Totally Gaming
Holland Casino commissioned a report into online gaming

A new report in the Netherlands suggests that €500m ($529.7m) is being gambled illegally online each year.

The study was commissioned by state-owned operator Holland Casino, and suggests that 1.5 million Dutch citizens gamble online despite it being prohibited in the country until the protracted passing of the Remote Gaming Bill - likely to become law in 2017.

The report, conducted by Motivaction among 17,000 people, found 15 per cent indicated that they sometimes play on online gambling sites. The study suggests that at least 800,000 Dutch citizens gamble at least four times a year.

These online gamblers spend about €26 per month, leading Motivaction to estimate that the Dutch market is worth a minimum of €500 million per year. As online gambling is illegal in the Netherlands, the country’s treasury is perhaps losing out on about €100m a year in taxes.

Meanwhile, the Dutch coalition parties that form the country’s government have given their approval to online sports betting through the Remote Gaming Bill, but want to impose limitations on the markets offered.

According to Dutch news outlet the NLTimes, the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and Labour Party (PvdA) have suggested a wagering ban on sports events that can be easily manipulated, such as a red card in football or double fault in tennis. They also want to prohibit markets based on non-competitive events, such as football pre-season friendlies.

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