William Hill in the News — Weekly Round-up for December 21, 2018

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Dec 21, 2018

William Hill To Challenge Dutch Regulator’s Hefty Fine (Update)

Land and online gambling group to appeal Euro 300,000 penalty for offering services to Dutch online punters

William Hill plc has confirmed that it intends to launch an appeal against the Euro 300,000 fine imposed on it earlier this year by Dutch regulator KSA (see previous InfoPowa report) for offering online games of chance to Dutch consumers on a website with Dutch translation facilities and using the Dutch bank account-linked iDEAL online payment solution.

Online gambling is currently prohibited in the Netherlands, and licensing is not possible due to the enabling legislation being bogged down in the Dutch parliament for the past decade as lawmakers debate its contents.

In the meantime Dutch punters have continued to use the online gambling services offered by international operators across Europe.

William Hill, and other online companies that have been penalised and reportedly intend to challenge their fines, are possibly concerned at rumblings from some Dutch lawmakers that when (if?) online gambling legislation is finally passed, it should exclude any applications from companies that have been penalised for unlicensed gambling service offerings.

William Hill Board Change

David Lowden departs to take up another directorship

In an industry update, William Hill PLC confirmed the resignation of David Lowden, Non-Executive Director who has accepted a position as Chairman and Independent Non-executive Director of Huntsworth plc.

Bowden will step down from the Board of William Hill PLC with effect from 4 March 2019.

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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