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Netherlands gambling bill set for vote Thursday after flurry of amendments

Lawmakers in the Netherlands are expected to vote tomorrow on the country's long-awaited new gambling bill after a host of amendments were presented this week.

Among the most notable developments Tuesday was the adoption of a uniform tax rate for land-based and online gaming, and an amendment stripping the Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) of its power to block access to unlicensed sites.

The authors of the amendment noted that while IP-blocking of illegal gambling sites would serve to protect the market, such a move would have a much bigger detrimental effect on consumer confidence in the internet.

They also noted that IP-blocking could be bypassed by determined players with relative ease.

The amendment to introduce a uniform tax rate for land-based and online gambling was also adopted. It currently proposes a tax rate of 29 per cent.

The House of Representatives also adopted a motion to ban the promotion of in-play betting during sporting broadcasts, although a proposal to ban gambling advertising between the hours of 06:00 and 21:00 to bring it into line with alcohol advertising was rejected.

An amendment to prohibit customer lists built up in one form of gambling being used in another was also adopted, meaning that a lottery operator will be unable to utilise its database to promote casino gambling.

Lawmakers rejected an amendment which sought to increase the legal gambling age from 18 to 21 years old.

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