Not everyone is aware of it, but online gambling in the Netherlands is illegal to date. And it has always been that way. Fortunately, this will change in the near future. The first steps have already been taken. It has already been announced that online gambling will be legal from January 1, 2021. If everything goes well then this may already be the case from 1 July 2020. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done by the Dutch Gaming Authority. Providing a gambling license is not something you just do. Strict checks will have to be carried out to give the license any value. For example, you also see a big distinction between the licenses of Gaming Authorities of other countries. Those from Malta and Great Britain, for example, are extremely popular. That's because they always ensure that an online casino has everything in order. Hopefully the license from the Dutch Gaming Authority will get a similar status.
Why legal online gambling in the Netherlands took so long
The Netherlands likes to present itself as a progressive country. Yet it turns out that gambling is a bit different. Especially when it comes to online gambling. That is, after all, illegal until the Remote Gambling Act enters into force in 2021. The Holland Casino has been using a monopoly position for a long time. The company is in fact regulated by the state. This made it impossible for online casinos to offer legal games of chance. With the new license everyone gets a chance. At least if you are an online casino. For physical casinos, the Holland Casino monopoly simply remains in force.
Benefits for the player
It depends mainly on your personal opinion whether the new legislation will have a positive effect for you. Fortunately it seems impossible that it will have negative consequences. Unless the Dutch Gaming Authority is going to do much more to track down casinos without a Dutch license. For the average player, the new legislation will probably make little difference. It has not happened that a player has ever been prosecuted or traced for playing online games of chance. The only thing that changes is that you can now legally go to certain online casinos. Some players found it very annoying that they were involved in illegal practices by law. For them it will be very reassuring that this will change with the Remote Gambling Act.
Hopefully the best casinos will apply for a Dutch gambling license
There are now 79 parties who have applied for a license from the Dutch Gaming Authority. There are already a lot of them. Interested online casinos have until 21 June 2019 to submit an application. At least, if they want to belong to the first group of casinos with a license. For players it is to be hoped that the best online casinos will try to get a Dutch license. Only then can you gamble as usual. But then completely legal. We still have to wait and see what the effect of the Distance Gambling Act will be.