After many years of stagnation, the Remote Gaming Act in the Netherlands was finally approved by the legislature in February 2019.

The Senate is the upper house in the parliament for the Netherlands. It was third time lucky for the bill following a Senate vote on February 19 on the issue. There had been a number of back and forth discussions in advance of the vote as politicians wanted to clarify key points of the bill. The Dutch gambling sector will now undergo a significant transformation.

The origins of the bill date back to 2016, when the lower house in the parliament gave its approval. Three years on, online gambling companies can now apply for licenses. Since online gambling first became prominent, people in the Netherlands have been the target of illegal operations.

Sander Dekker, the justice minister who was one of the key people leading the charge on the issue, spoke of his relief. He said: “We see that society is digitizing and more than half a million Dutch people are participating unprotected in online gambling at the moment. This involves big risks such as gambling addiction and fraud. I am happy that we can now offer players a secure offer so that games of chance can be played online in a responsible manner.”

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