Dutch not so laid back on online casinos

Dutch authorities are stepping up their attempts to crack down on illegal online gambling and have called on banks to stop processing transactions to online gambling websites – except for De Lotto, the state-owned gambling monopoly.

"It is illegal to offer gambling services in the Netherlands without a permit. These companies know they break the law," said a Justice Ministry spokeswoman.

The spokeswoman went even further and named two companies they were coming after – Sweden’s Unibet and the Dutch online casino Oranje Casino. However, in total, there are between 30-50 internet gambling websites that are on the ministry’s list of targets.

Only last month, the Dutch upper house declined a bill that would have allowed Holland Casino to open up an online casino on a trial basis.

Nevertheless, it seems inevitable they will come under further criticism from the European Union (EU). In February, they were given a warning from the EU, along with Greece, to open up their gambling markets or face court action.

Internet gambling has split Europe and, in particular, the EU member states. Germany and France have both tried to protect their gambling markets, or perhaps more aptly, protect their gambling monopolies from foreign competition.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2008-05-12 11:32:02




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