Netherlands in the News — Weekly Round-up for January 11, 2019

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jan 11, 2019

Dutch Authority Launches Minors Reporting Facility

Whistleblower form to tackle operators enabling underage gambling

The Dutch gambling authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has launched a whistleblowing facility for minors who participate in sports betting.

The KSA urges parents, teachers, friends or others to make use of the facility in reporting minors who take part in sports betting on a Minors Reporting Form accessible through the authority’s website.

Minors are also encouraged to use the facility and are assured the information will not be used to sanction them but to deal with illegal sports betting providers.

The initiative forms part of the KSA’s 2019 agenda in preventing vulnerable people and protecting the youth from gambling, saying “gambling providers must make every effort to prevent minors from participating.”

Dutch Tax Office Loses Appeal On Taxing Online Poker Players

Court rules in favour of customers

According to, scores of online poker players have won an appeal in a class action against the Dutch Tax Office Belastingdienst who claimed online poker players winnings on were taxable at 29 percent as the company was established on the Isle of Man.

The class action rebutted that was established in Malta, a European Union member and therefore its players were exempt from paying tax.

Of the 75 to 100 poker players represented by legal practitioner Pepijn le Heux, some had received tax demands of over Euro 500,000 the appellate court was told.

The appellate court ruled those players who had already settled tax claims with the Belastingdienst could use Tuesday’s ruling to claim back those funds.

Belastingdienst has six weeks to launch an appeal in the Supreme Court.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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