Netherlands Online Casino

The Netherlands’ participation in online gambling

One of the most thriving and well-regulated gaming industries on the continent may be found in the Netherlands. The Netherlands provides its players with one of the most diverse marketplaces in Europe, offering a wide choice of gambling goods ranging from casinos to sports betting. However, the country was fairly late in opening up the market for online gaming to its customers.

The Netherlands did not become one of the largest online gambling markets in the European Union until the first of April 2021, when the Dutch Remote Gambling Act was formally adopted. This was the first time that the Netherlands had achieved this prestigious status. At the beginning of October 2021, the market was opened, providing a platform for enterprises located in the Netherlands as well as operators from other countries to sell their online gaming products.

Casinos and gambling establishments in the Netherlands

Lotteries, sports betting, and slot machines that are located in land-based casinos have been the type of gambling that has been the most popular in the Netherlands for many years. Prior to the implementation of the new gambling Act of 2021, all of these gambling goods were governed by the Betting and Gambling Act of 1964, often known as the Wet op de kansspelen. The majority of the previous legislation were created during a period of time when the Internet did not exist and when the concept of online gambling was not yet well-known. Last but not least, the Remote gaming Act of 2021 is the most recent gaming law to start taking effect. Since the initial law was enacted in 1964, there have been numerous new laws and modifications that have been made to certain sorts of gambling, including the following:

  • The 1964 Gaming Act (Wet op de Kansspelen, December 10, 1964).
  • Games of Chance Decree (Kansspelenbesluit, December 1, 1997).
  • Slot Machine Decree (Speelautomatenbesluit 2000, May 23, 2000).
  • Slot Machine Regulation (Speelautomatenregeling 2000, May 25, 2000)
  • Decree recruitment advertising and addiction prevention (Besluit werving, Reclame en Verslavingspreventie kansspelen, May 7, 2013 (DRAAP).
  • Decree recruitment advertising and addiction prevention (Regeling werving, reclame en verslavingspreventie kansspelen, June 24, 2013) (RRAAP).
  • Dutch Remote Gambling Act (RGA, Kansspelautoriteit, April 1, 2021).

The New Remote Gabling Act (April 2021)

On April 1, 2021, the Dutch Remote Gambling Act (RGA) took effect with the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) as the government’s regulator. With the new Gambling Act in effect, there are three important changes in the rules governing the games of chance. By implementing the new gambling act, the KSA addresses three main challenges:

  1. Regulation of online casinos: all interested operators must first apply for a licence before they can offer games of chance to Dutch players. In their applications for online casino Netherlands, they must demonstrate their commitment to offer responsible gaming and provide a safe and secure platform to their users. On the 29th of September 2021, 10 of the 28 applicants were granted a licence for the Dutch market including four Dutch online casinos and six foreign operators.
  2. Responsible gaming: the Act requires operators to ramp up their efforts to address gambling addictions among high-risk players in the Netherlands. As such, online casinos should only accept players who are at least 18 years of age. Informing players about the risks and provided with intervention when necessary is another task of all regulated operators. In order to prevent high-risk players from gambling all casinos have to integrate a CRUKS-register which is an online register that works like a black list. Players need their social security number (BSN-nummer) when they visit a casino — either online or a land based gaming venue. With this BSN number verification takes place.
  3. Regulate advertising: one of the main bottlenecks of the legalisation of online gaming in the Netherlands is the internal political division in terms of advertising. While some political parties have turned out to be fierce opponents of gaming related advertising, others see it as one of the main tools to notify players about the existence of legal gaming options. One of the main goals of advertising is that players are informed about the legal offer guided from illegal casinos to licenced operators — also referred to as the “canalisation of players”. There are various limitations for advertisers which include a ban on gambling related advertising between 06:00 and 21:00.

Online casinos with a Dutch licence

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Gambling tax (kansspelbelasting)

In the Netherlands, land-based gambling is taxed at 30,1% and this tax applies to the gross gaming revenues from (a) land based games of chance and (b) remote gambling provided by any entity based in the Netherlands. Taxation only applies to prizes above €449 and are due by operators, exempting players from paying the taxes as laws prohibit taxes to be paid more than once. Players joining Dutch online casinos won’t need to pay taxes, but we want to point out that profits made at non-EU casinos, and thus non-licenced casinos, do require the consumer to pay the tax of 30,1%.

More info? Read our guide on Dutch gambling taxes (Dutch).

Holland Casino: the most traditional Dutch casino

Holland Casino is the only legal provider of land based casino games in the Netherlands. The first casino opened its doors in Zandvoort in 1976 and is part of the Dutch state having the State Secretary for Finance acts as its main shareholder. Fully licenced and regulated in the Netherlands, this typically Dutch casino brand offers an exciting combination of premium games and top-notch entertainment that’s available in all of its 14 locations across the Netherlands. As a fully-regulated casino, Holland Casino adheres to the state requirements in terms of participation in games, responsible gambling, and the protection of the most vulnerable players. On the 2nd of October 2021, Holland Casino launched its online casino giving it a significant advantage over its competitors thanks to the nation wide brand awareness and favourable reputation among Dutch consumers.

Legal age of gambling

Players who are at least 18 years of age are welcome to enter and play at a casino, both in a brick and mortar venue and online. Land based players and guests should bring valid identification, such a valid passport, after which access is only granted if the player isn’t listed on the CRUKS-register, a blacklist for players who are exempted for gambling and are considered high-risk players. Punters can be included in the register on their own request or at the request of someone else such as a friend, family member or creditor. The same register applies to online visitors signing up to any Duth online casino.

More about CRUKS? Read everything about the CRUKS-register (Dutch).

Most popular online casino games

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The Netherlands is home to a wide range of casino games which ranges from slot machines to table games. Both land based gaming venues and online casinos offer bingo, blackjack, baccarat, and roulette games, but the lotto remains the most popular game of chance among Dutch players. This holds for online casino games as well as we can see below. The following information is based on a market research from 2016 that was carried out by Bonamy Finch on behalf of a major casino that targeted the Dutch gaming market:

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FAQ Online Gambling in the Netherlands