Dutch gambling regulations update: €700 affordability checks

Dutch gambling regulations update: €700 affordability checks

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Dutch gambling regulations update: €700 affordability checks

As of October 1, Dutch players will have to meet €700 affordability checks after new regulations about responsible gaming were released.

On June 3rd the government gazette released the set of previously stated regulations regarding remote gambling in the Netherlands.

While many of the laws go into effect today, some of the more technically complex ones will take effect on October 1st, according to Kansspelautoriteit (KSA).

Among these are the new affordability check limits of €300 per month for Dutch players between the ages of 18 and 24, which increase to €700 for players older than 24. Operators must determine if players can afford to spend more than this, up to a maximum of thirty percent of their income, on gambling. Operators need to respond more carefully to warning signs of suspicious gambling behavior and are required by the updated real-time monitoring regulations to take action within an hour of discovering questionable or excessive gambling activity.

Additionally, this rule will go into effect on October 1st, which is also the day KSA chair René Jansen wants to resign.

The revised rules are a result of a September 2023 KSA research study that evaluated the application of responsible gambling policies at ten online operators. According to the report, license holders were able to react to indications of gambling addiction more swiftly and efficiently. As a result, the regulator demanded new laws to strengthen the nation’s regulations around responsible gambling.

Jansen said at the time:

“With this research, we see where, outside of these signals, providers are not doing well. Players must be able to assume that they can play safely. We see that rules need to be tightened, precisely to further promote a safe environment for players.”

The KSA revised its Responsible Gaming Policy Rule based on the findings and released it for public comment in December.

During the consultation period, the regulator received 33 replies from industry stakeholders, including suppliers, operators, trade bodies, and addiction specialists.

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