British bookmaker bet365 have today queried proposed restrictions that the Dutch Gaming Regulator, Kansspelautoriteit ( or KSA ), plan to impose on sports betting, in particular the activity of betting on sports in-play.
These regulations for online gambling in Holland were first mooted by the KSA back in July earlier this year, when the Dutch Minister for Legal Protection published secondary regulations for Holland’s iGaming market. Sander Dekker, the minister responsible invited comments from prospective licensees on the proposed rules, setting a date of 18th September last week, as the cut off point.
Regulation and licensing for the iGaming industry in Holland is to come into affect in the next couple of years, with the Dutch Senate back in February voting in favour of legislation to legalise the industry, in the form of the Remote Gaming Act.
However, bet365 have questioned whether the restrictions suggested by the Dutch Minister for Legal Protection, would in fact have the undesired affect of pushing players towards operators who are not licensed in Holland.
Rory Raine, bet365’s International Development Manager, commented: “This could have a detrimental effect on the attractiveness of the license offering.”
Raine further went on to explain that a large percentage of the bets the company takes, occurs on betting in play, with Raine citing the men’s Wimbledon tennis final as an example.
Raine continued: “Winning or losing individual points would be easier to manipulate than an entire game or set and therefore should be included on the list of events prohibited from betting instead of and in place of individual games or sets.”
In addition bet365 also took exception to the planned ‘whitelisting’ of sports, which the KSA plan to do. Omitting sports such as American Football, baseball and golf. All sports which the company has an active market in.