Holland Gambling Licenses issued in 2012
Holland has traditionally been against online gambling, and the anti-gambling laws passed by the Dutch government are excellent evidence of this fact. However, the Netherlands has done an about face, and is ready to issue online gambling licenses starting as early as 2012.
The primary motivation behind the change is that Holland has seen how successful other European countries and territories have been after issuing gambling licenses. The United Kingdom and Gibraltar are two excellent examples of how successful being an internet gambling safe haven can be since both places make millions of euros a year through taxes and licensing fees.
Jaap Oosterveer, who is a spokesman for the Dutch ministry of public safety and justice, shed some more light on why Holland is so willing to change their views on gambling as he said, “It is a big shift, but this is a new government with a more liberal approach.”
Perhaps another reason for suddenly becoming pro-gambling besides a liberal government and more revenue is that the Dutch government has seen just how ineffective their laws are. Holland’s state secretary of security and justice Fredrik Teeven noticed how hundreds of thousands of Dutch residents ignored the current laws by continuing to gamble online, so he suggested they go with the grain instead of against it.
One more strong reason for Holland choosing to legalize internet gambling is that they were facing increasing pressure from online casinos themselves. Both Betfair and Ladbrokes addressed the matter in the European Union Court of Justice, which brought more attention upon the Netherlands’ anti-gambling policies.
By choosing to issue online gambling licenses, Holland hopes to make 10-12 million euros a year through licensing fees and taxation. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly clear how much Dutch gambling licenses will cost, or how high the taxes will be.