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