Dutch government imposes gambling deposit limits and checks

Dutch government imposes gambling deposit limits and checks

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Dutch government imposes gambling deposit limits and checks

The Dutch government has announced plans to apply its own new restrictions on player deposit limits and affordability checks, as well as the regulator’s.

Online operators have until October 1 to integrate the inspections into their daily operations. Players aged 25 and up must contact operators if they want to set a deposit limit of more than €350 per month, with the trigger threshold set at €150 per month for those aged 24 and younger.

According to the Ministry for Legal Protection, operators’ “prevention-trained staff” must then educate players of the risks of a high deposit limit and provide them with information about the gambling helpline, Loket Kansspel, and the Cruks national self-exclusion register.

The government also confirmed that the gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit’s policy rule regarding deposits of €700 per month and €300, published at the start of June, will also come into effect on October 1.

The government’s Regulation on Gaming Limits and More Conscious Gaming Behavior aims to break the anonymity of playing, allowing players to “reflect more on playing behavior” and encouraging the establishment of lower deposit limits.

Players who set a deposit limit above the various limits before October 1 will receive the same notification as operators’ responsible gamiblng officers after the regulation goes into effect.

The Netherlands’ minister for Legal Protection, Franc Weerwind, said:

“Gaming must be done responsibly. Players must be aware of their limits and the risks involved. These new measures ensure that players are better protected. Gambling providers must intervene up front. As a result, players become aware of their playing behaviour at an early stage.”

The government’s new policy also mandates operators to ask players if they are willing to lose the deposit limits they set and inform players that they have an option of a lower bet amount.

The government said:

“Pop-ups should alert players to their playing behaviour and reaching their limits. This notification must provide feedback every 30 minutes of the gaming session about the playing behaviour and the time the player spends on gambling. The player should also receive messages when more than 50 per cent of the deposit or time limit has been reached. If the time limit is reached, a player must be logged out immediately.

In addition, all amounts must be displayed in euros so that players are always aware of the amounts they are playing with, with international poker games being the only exception.”

The aim, as the government claimed, is for players to be able to determine their limits in a neutral setting, without the influence of by pre-filled options or any advertising.

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