As of 1 October 2021, it will be legal to play online gambling games in the Netherlands. This while the illegal circuit has been offering online casino games for years.
There are 11 online casinos including well-known Holland Casino and Toto Casino Netherlands that are now legally allowed to offer online roulette games.
New gambling law Holland
Already in 2015, a new law for online gaming was discussed in the Dutch Parliament. The fact that it has now taken so long for the law to actually be implemented is mainly due to disinterest in the subject. This is what Kees Cools, former professor of business economics at Tilburg University, says. Before the legalisation came into effect, online gambling was already very popular. Research by the Kansspelautoriteit shows that in 2019 some 424 million euros were played by Dutch gamblers in an online casino, and that while the market was still illegal at the time.
According to Cools, politicians have wanted to take action for some time, but this was not done because of the danger of addiction. According to the former professor, this is special, since Holland Casino is a state-owned company and therefore completely in the hands of the government. As of 1 April, online casinos could apply for a licence to offer their games on the Dutch market. In this application, the the Dutch gambling authority checks whether the operators are trustworthy and have integrity, and do everything to promote responsible gaming.