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The Netherlands Gambling Authority

The Netherlands Gambling Authority (NGA) was established on 1 April 2012. The NGA is an independent governance body and is the supervisor and regulator of games of chance in the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The NGA is funded by the industry through gaming levies.The Authority is governed by the Board of Directors and is managed by the Management Team.

The Authority consists of 6 departments:

  • Communications, International Affairs and Governance Department
  • Enforcement Department
  • Facility Management Department
  • Legal and Development Department
  • Supervision & Operator Department
  • Supervision & Consumer Department

The NGA has a threefold task: (1) to regulate legal supply, (2) to prevent gambling addiction and illegality and crime (related to gambling), and (3) to protect and inform consumers.

The Minister of Justice and Security bears the political responsibility for gambling policy in the Netherlands.

See also the Annual Report of the NGA (pdf, 11 MB).

Remote Gambling

The Senate approved on 19 February 2019 the Draf Bill on Remote Gambling . As a result, it will become possible to apply for a licence in the Netherlands for the purpose of offering online gambling. It is currently still illegal to offer such games. The exact date on which the Remote Gambling act will enter into force or when it will be possible to apply for a licence is not yet known. Senate assents to legalisation of online gambling.

See also:

René Jansen: ‘Online gambling market will hopefully be open by 1 January 2021’

The Netherlands gambling market

The Netherlands has a regulated offline gambling market, that consists of: a casino monopoly with 14 casinos (operated by Holland Casino), a state lottery, charity lotteries, a monopoly on lotto and sports betting, a monopoly on horse racing and private operators of 42.000 slot machines in arcades, bars and restaurants.

Online gambling is forbidden

The total turnover of the legal gambling sector is more than €2 billion. Almost €500 million is transferred to charities; the same amount goes to the Treasury.