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Netherlands: House of Representatives Wants a Ban on Untargeted Advertising Online Games of Chance

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A large majority of the House of Representatives wants a ban on untargeted advertising for online games of chance.

Outgoing minister Sander Dekker (VVD) was against the motion and indicated that it is too early for that. According to the petitioners, since the opening of the online gambling market on October 1, 2021, there has been a large increase in the number of hours people spend on online gambling sites. According to the members of parliament, consumers are bombarded in all kinds of media with a large amount of untargeted advertisements for remote games of chance.

The petitioners further argue that encouraging participation in games of chance was not the aim of legalising online games of chance, but is now in fact the result. According to the motion, this could lead to potentially major social consequences, such as financial problems and addiction problems. The large number of advertisements is disproportionate to the aim of the Remote Gambling Act, which is to realise channelisation into a legal offer.

In addition to the ban on untargeted gambling advertising, a motion has also been passed asking the government to look at personalised advertisements after visiting gambling websites, while considering a ban on personalised advertisements. The PvdA and the SP have considered that after visiting online gambling websites, people will receive online advertisements for quick credits and loans at sky-high interest rates.

Another motion asks the government to lay down in government regulations that the window times for advertising (currently after 9 p.m.) will also apply online. According to the motion submitted by the ChristenUnie, SP and CDA, the Advertising Code for Online Gaming does regulate window times for online advertising, but enforcement is cumbersome and always only after complaints.

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GGPoker Obtains German Gambling License

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Online poker provider GGPoker, operated by NSUS Malta Ltd, received permission to host online poker on November 25th, 2022 from the State Administration Office of Saxony-Anhalt. As with all providers, the permit is initially limited to five years.

Active in the global Poker and iGaming market since 2017, GGPoker has become the world’s largest poker room thanks to its innovative approach to poker. As an official sponsor of the WSOP Las Vegas, GGPoker is the direct link to the world stage of poker.

NSUS Germany, Sven Stiel on licensing:

“We are delighted to have gone the long and constructive path with the German  authorities. We are now able to offer our high-quality, innovative and secure poker environment officially and legally backed. This is the decisive step towards modern iGaming in Germany under professional and customer-oriented conditions.”

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The annual VIXIO GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards recognise the best in the industry

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Yesterday VIXIO GamblingCompliance announced the winners of its Global Regulatory Awards (GRAs). We were delighted to host more than 350 guests at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The prestigious GRAs recognise and reward individuals and teams who work tirelessly to set new standards in compliance and responsibility within the gambling industry.

Comedian Hugh Dennis was the night’s host and helped present the 20 categories, along withspecial guests. Highlights from the night include wins by Christine Gallo at GLI, David Webb from BetConstruct and Beth Jones at Genting Casinos, all of whom walked away with one of our special individual awards. Meanwhile, Flutter Entertainment had a night to remember, receiving three Global Regulatory Awards including Compliance Team of the Year. We concluded the ceremony with our annual Compliance Lifetime Achievement Special Award, which was awarded to Paul Burns, the CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association.

The full list of 2022 award winners can be found here.

Since its launch in 2017, the independently adjudicated GRAs has become the biggest of its kind, and continues to grow as the industry moves towards a stronger culture of compliance.

VIXIO would like to thank this year’s awards sponsors: Bally’s Interactive, BetConstruct, Docaposte, DraftKings, Fortuna Entertainment Group, GiG Comply, Playtech and San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission, as well as our charity partner YGAM. Without the continued support from our sponsors and partners, the Global Regulatory Awards would not have been the success that it continues to be.


Mike Woolfrey, CEO of VIXIO, said: “Congratulations to all our winners. This year the standard was exceptionally high, so winning an award really is a clear demonstration of a dedication towards regulatory compliance and safer gambling. VIXIO is proud to provide a platform to showcase the great work going on within the industry. We were delighted to see that guests from across the globe joined us last night, a true testament to the industry’s recovery following the pandemic.”

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Georgian Govt to Introduce Permit Requirement for Specific Online Gambling Operations

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Online gambling businesses – including online casinos, slot machines and betting – will be subject to mandatory permits for specific types of operation, following the Georgian government’s reveal of amendments to the relevant law on Monday.

According to the bill, online casino permits will be issued only to casino holders, with online slot machine permits likewise granted only to slot machine holders and betting permits issued only for holders of betting businesses.

The amendments seek to replace the current regulations that allow online gambling businesses to add different types of operations without acquiring additional permits.

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