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Netherlands Senate Debating Online Gambling and Holland Casino Privatization Bills

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The Netherlands Senate is about to proceed with discussions on several bills that aim to propose important changes to both the online and land-based sectors of their gambling industry. The regulations were already approved by the House of Representatives, but have seen little evolution in the upper chamber of the country’s main legislative body since then.

The countries upper legislative forum is set to debate today on the above-mentioned bills as well as on a recently penned letter by Dutch Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker that revealed an agreement on an important provision in the country’s Remote Gambling Bill had been reached between legislators.

House of Representatives of the Netherlands approved the Remote Gambling Bill two years ago, back in 2016. Altogether, the bill allows for the regulation and liberalization of the Netherlands’ online gambling market. Foreign online gambling companies will be able to apply for licenses and operate in the regulated environment.

The piece of legislation needs to be approved by the Senate in order to come into effect as a law. In a letter from last week, Minister Dekker informed the House of Representatives that they had agreed on the physical presence provision included in the bill. Under lawmakers’ agreement, gaming and betting companies based in the European Union or the European Economic Area will not be required to establish offices in the Netherlands in order to be allowed to operate in the country. However, companies located outside the EU/EEA will be obligated to have physical presence in the country.

The much-needed clarification in relation to the physical presence language in the Remote Gambling Bill was considered by many as the final big hurdle before the long-delayed consideration of the piece in the nation’s Senate.

As mentioned above, members of the Senate Committee for Justice and Security have included Minister Dekker’s letter as well as the bill itself in their Tuesday agenda. It is yet to be seen how much attention the gambling matter would be paid to today.

Privatization of Holland Casino

The committee is also discussing another matter mainly the privatization of Holland Casino, the nation’s land-based and state-run operator.

The Dutch House of Representatives approved early last year a bill on the matter and it is now up to the Senate to act on the planned privatization of the casino operation.

Under the legislative piece, Holland Casino’s ownership of fourteen land-based casinos across the nation would be split in branches. Ten would remain part of the Holland Casino brand, while four would be sold separately. Two additional casino licenses are planned to be issued under the proposed bill.

Under one of the provisions, the private operator that would purchase the ten venues would not be allowed to obtain any of the other six available licenses. The privatization of Holland Casino would be reviewed and evaluated five years after its completion under other another language. The country’s government is expected to reap over €1 billion from the move.

Source: CasinoNewsDaily

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Week 7 slot games releases

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It’s Friday already, so kick back and have a look at this week’s latest slot game releases!

 

D-Tech, the new independent games studio building Asian themed games, surprised us with the release of ‘Year of the Dog’, the first of its games to be released in partnership with Leander Games. Steven Matsell, CEO of Leander Games, added: “Asian-themed games are popular around the globe and we have seen a particular surge in interest in Europe with dedicated tabs within the casino offering.

D-Tech with Leander Games and releases first slot game

 

 
Endorphina took things a step further by turning our imagination into a reality in their newest slot game #luxurylife, which is a light sequel from their long-time hit Jetsetter. This time, a dream couple will lead us through the game, surrounded by the finest luxury goods to live your best life. #couplegoals. As the name suggests, one of the main highlights of the game stems from the life lived on social media – in which some people live their glorious lives and are not afraid to share their lifestyle with their followers while setting new trends.

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Quickspin stepped up and released their vintage, space-based slot game called: Ticket to the Stars. Erik Gullstrand, leading Chief Product Officer at Quickspin, said: “Our team has combined the futuristic idea of touring the galaxy with the stylish look of vintage Work Projects Administration posters, all accompanied by beautiful audio compositions. It’s an amazing game with lots of exciting features, and we’re confident that the players will love it just as much as we do!”

Quickspin’s Ticket to the Stars

 

 
Kalamba Games’ new title Desert Gem take’s players on a treasure hunt for gold and gems that unlock bonus rounds, free spins and bonus jackpots. Set in a desert landscape, the game offers a treasure trove of exciting in-game features taking players on a quest for hidden gems, additional free spins and wild multipliers. Alex Cohen, chief operating officer and co-founder at Kalamba Games, said: “With volatile game play cloaked in a fun and funky treasure hunt theme, Desert Gem applies many proven engaging in-game mechanics that players have come to expect from Kalamba Games.

 Kalamba Games’ Desert Gem

 

 
PokerStars Casino has launched its latest in-house developed slot game innovation, Victory Tribes, in an industry first which introduces multiple community features to a real-money slot experience. The tribal-themed slot allows players to customize their game by selecting their “tribe” and taking on opponents in the bonus game, “Tournament Battles.” Five times every hour, up to 50 players will battle each other for victory and big prizes.

PokerStars Casino - Victory Tribes slot

 

 
Blueprint Gaming is leading players to experience the power of the gods in the mythical land of Asgard with its latest release, Lightning Strike MegawaysTMThe electrifying gameplay features a variety of symbols inspired by Norse mythology, including the mythical tree of Yggdrasil, which when visible reveals a mystery symbol and increases the chances of winning.

Blueprint Gaming - Lightning Strike Megaways

 

 
We end this week’s releales with another historic release from Play’n GO: Queen’s Day Tilt! Based on the Accession Day Tilts started under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the game is based around the fun and festivities that took place during the celebration. Play’n GO have again paid particular detail to historical accuracy, providing an extra edge to the game and its design. The game is the first 3×3 grid slot from Play’n G, a modern update of a classic slot game design, allowing for “larger symbols and easier visibility” while increasing the chances of clearing the grid, creating a lot more action for the players.

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Paddy Power Betfair to appeal penalty of €55 million

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Paddy Power Betfair has announced that it will appeal against the tax bill of €55m slapped against its German and Greek businesses.

The first fine of €40m concerns the Betfair Exchange in Germany, which was operational up to November 2012, while the second of €15m relates to the paddypower.com business in Greece.

The Hessen Fiscal Court provided Paddy Power Betfair with a decision relating to the group’s appeal of a 2012 German tax assessment relating to the Betfair Exchange. The Fiscal Court found against the Group and deemed that a tax liability of €40m is payable, including accrued interest.

Paddy Power Betfair says this represents a multiple of the revenues generated by the Exchange during the assessment period. Separately, the group was recently issued with a Greek tax assessment for financial years 2012, 2013 and 2014, relating to paddypower.com’s Greek interim license.

Paddy Power Betfair stated: “The Group strongly disputes the basis of these assessments, and in line with the legal and tax advice we have received, is confident in our grounds to appeal. We therefore intend to do so. Pending the outcome of these appeals, we paid the total Greek liability in January 2019 while we await clarity with respect to the timing of any cash payment in Germany.”

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NBA 2K League partners with Champion athletic apparel

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Ahead of the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft, which is scheduled on March 5 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the NBA 2K League has signed multiyear partnership with Champion Athleticwear. As per the agreement, the sportswear company will serve as the league’s official outfitter.

Champion will offer the NBA 2K League’s 21 teams game uniforms as well as warmup, travel and practice apparel. In-game avatars will also be outfitted in Champion-branded uniforms. Throughout the season, Champion will provide apparel for marquee events like the NBA 2K League Draft Clash, in-season tournaments and the NBA 2K League Finals. Starting today, fans can purchase NBA 2K League merchandise on Champion.com.

“We are thrilled to have an iconic brand like Champion as our official outfitter,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. “Champion’s authentic designs and innovative products make them a great partner for the league, and we can’t wait to see our teams compete in their new uniforms this season.”

“The need for esports apparel is quickly evolving and Champion is pleased to be an integral part of this historical opportunity,” said Champion Group President-Global Activewear Jon Ram. “Being the official outfitters for the NBA 2K League is an exciting and pivotal opportunity for Champion to continue our evolution and expansion to outfit teams within the esports and traditional sports communities. Together we can push the boundaries and bring esports to a wider audience.”

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