Target date for entry into force of Remote Gambling Act: 1 January 2021

15 November 2019

The government intends for The Remote Gambling Act (Wet Kansspelen op afstand, Koa) to come into effect on 1 January 2021.

This information emerged from a letter to the Houses of Parliament written today (15 November 2019) by Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker, who is responsible for government policy on games of chance. In this letter, he notifies Parliament of the commencement date as well as the state of affairs regarding the motions that the Upper House of Parliament adopted alongside the Act on 19 February 2019.

Two pillars

The Remote Gambling Act has two pillars. First, the Act legalises online games of chance, subject to stringent conditions. Second, it imposes additional requirements for addiction prevention. These requirements apply not only to online betting and gaming providers, but also to casinos and amusement arcades.

Licence applications

Licence applications for online games of chance may be submitted to the Kansspelautoriteit (Ksa, Netherlands Gambling Authority) as soon as the Remote Gambling Act enters into force. In the current timetable, the online gaming and betting market should open six months afterwards.