Netherlands Gaming Market Legalised

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The Kansspelautoriteit

Kansspelautoriteit was established on 1 April 2012.  They are an independent governance body and the supervisor and regulator of games of chance in the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, funded by the industry through gaming levies.The Authority is governed by the Board of Directors and is managed by the Management Team.

They have 3 tasks:

  1. protecting and informing consumers
  2. prevention of illegal and criminal practices
  3. prevention of gambling addiction

Minister of Justice and Security bears the political responsibility for gambling policy in the Netherlands.

Netherlands gambling market

The Netherlands has a regulated offline gambling market, that consists of: a casino monopoly with 14 casinos operated by Holland Casino, a state lottery, charity lotteries, a monopoly on lotto and sports betting, a monopoly on horse racing and private operators of 42.000 slot machines in arcades, bars and restaurants.

Online gambling is forbidden

The total turnover of the legal gambling sector is more than €2 billion. Almost €500 million is transferred to charities; the same amount goes to the Treasury.

Remote Gambling

The Senate approved on 19 February 2019 the Draft Bill on Remote Gambling. As a result, it is possible to apply for a licence in the Netherlands for the purpose of offering online gambling.

The Remote Gambling Act – Wet Koa – will take effect  the 1st of April 2021. Six months later, the online gambling market will open. The Central  Exclusion Register gambling Cruks will at that moment also come into effect for both online and landbased providers of gambling.Klaar voor Wet Koa?


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