Dutch online casinos face uncertainty after online ad and slot game vote

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Dutch online casinos face uncertainty after online ad and slot game vote

The House of Representatives in the Netherlands plans to introduce a ban on all sorts of online advertising for local gambling operators as CasinoScout.nl reported. A motion pushed by Michiel van Nispen, member of the House of Representatives for the Socialist Party (SP), has received enough support. A second motion for a total ban on online slot games at Dutch online casinos also passed with a tight majority of 77 votes.

The motions were part of a total of 114 motions out of which 14 were related to the field of online gambling. Since the legalisation of iGaming in the Netherlands in October 2021, gambling ads have faced ongoing pressure. A ban on gambling ads on TV, radio, and outdoor media was previously adopted in July 2023. This ban excluded online ads although strict rules have been put in place for affiliate companies and influencers imposing a minimum age of 24 years for their target audience.

The adopted motions from Van Nispen follow after comparable motions by MP Derk Boswijk of the Christian Democratic Appeal in February. Boswijk called for a complete ban on gambling ads but did not receive enough support. With an additional ban on gambling related ads on the internet this would theoretically lead to the same outcome as Boswijk’s proposal as all other media channels have already been banned from gambling ads.

“Every day that gambling companies keep on offering their products in the Netherlands, mistakes will be made by consumers, with more and more people becoming addicted to gambling. I consider this new ban on online gambling ads as yet another step forward towards a country without online gambling companies.”
Michiel van Nispen, Socialist Party (SP) in the Netherlands.

Threat on slot games

Van Nispen also introduced a second motion calling for a ban of “very high risk casino games”, particularly referring to the risk of online slot games. Online slots are considered as very high risk casino games by the MP as they “don’t provide any control over the outcome of a round making players prone to continuous play and loss chasing behaviour”.

With 79 votes, the motion seeking to ban slots in the gambling lobbies of Dutch online casinos was also won by Van Nispen. Slot games represent the most sought after online gaming product among Dutch gamblers followed by sports betting.

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