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Online gambling will soon be legal in the Netherlands

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Legalization of online gambling in the Netherlands – Government budget 2019 counts on tax income from remote gambling

 

Is the outcome of the upcoming plenary session in the Senate already known? Anonymous sources with insider’s knowledge tell us it is. The recently published government budget for 2019 only makes our suspicion stronger: the bills will be passed by the Senate and online gambling will be legal in the Netherlands starting mid 2020.

Remote games of chance in government budget 2019
The government budget 2019 contains information about the budgetary consequences of legalization of online gambling. On just sports betting, the expected tax revenue is 6 million euro for 2020. The government expects to be raking in 12 million each year starting 2021. Tax revenue from other soon to be legal forms of online gambling (e.g. roulette, bingo and poker) are not included in these numbers yet. In the highly unlikely case of the Senate not passing the bill, the government would be missing out on the calculated tax revenue which can turn out problematic for the concerning ministry: budget cuts or lending more from other ministries may be the result. A time-consuming, labor-intensive process, which makes it extra significant that there is tax revenue from online gambling in the government’s budget planning.

 

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Legalization remote games of chance
We saw the first signs of the government legalizing online gambling back in 2016, when EK 33.996 was passed by the House of Representatives. With this bill the market monopoly of land bound gambling providers was breached. The Senate will start plenary treatment for this bill on the 5th of Februari 2019. Bill EK 34.471, which ends the government’s monopoly on offering casino games, will go through plenary treatment in the Senate on the same day.

Benefits of modernizing the gambling law
Modernizing the outdated gambling law offers several advantages: extra tax revenue, effective prevention against addiction and ensuring only fair games are offered to the Dutch public. Online gambling is a growing market in the Netherlands: from 1,5 million players in 2016 to 1,8 million players in 2018. Each year the government is missing out on up to 175 million euro in gambling tax revenue.

Effective date
The effective date for the new gambling law will be 1st of July 2020. The law will commence at a by royal decree determined time. Afterwards, the Gaming Authority will need 6 more months to issue the necessary permits to online gambling operators. After this, online gambling will be legal in the Netherlands.

Taxes
TK 35.031 tells us tax liability for both land-based and remote gambling providers will shift from player to gaming provider. Gaming providers will be obliged to hand pay 29% in tax over their ‘gross game result’ (the difference between the received players’ deposits and paid out players’ prizes). In the current system it’s the player who is taxable for other forms of gambling, like sports betting. However, players weren’t taxed on prizes below 449 euro. By taxing the gaming providers instead of the players, a much bigger revenue stream is targeted. Tax revenue is expected to increase significantly under the new bill. In the new gambling law all remote games of chance are treated equal and will pay the same tax rate. This way, all types of online gambling (casino games, poker, sports betting) are given a fair chance.

 

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The Stars Group 2019 Investor Day Webcast Details

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The Stars Group Inc.  will host an Investor Day in New York City on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. ET.  Presentations by members of executive management are expected to conclude at approximately 12:00 p.m. ET.

This event will be webcast live at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET and can be accessible via the Internet through http://www.webcasthd.com/tsg

Presentation slides will be posted prior to the start of the event to www.starsgroup.com under The Stars Group, Investor Relations, Financial and Corporate Information.

 

About The Stars Group:

The Stars Group is a provider of technology-based product offerings in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries. Its brands have millions of registered customers globally and collectively are leaders in online and mobile betting, poker, casino and other gaming-related offerings. The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, BetEasy, Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo, Sky Poker, and Oddschecker, as well as live poker tour and events brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 21 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, Australia, and the Americas. The Stars Group’s vision is to become the world’s favorite iGaming destination and its mission is to provide its customers with winning moments.

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Studies find links between loot box spending and problem gambling

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New research has proved that there is a strong link between problematic gambling behaviours and spending money on loot boxes.

The results of the research are published in the journal PLOS One as two studies. The results indicate that people who spend more money on loot boxes are also more likely to be unable to keep their gambling habits in check.

“Loot boxes are extremely widespread. A recent analysis we did showed that they may feature in as many as 63% of mobile games. They’re extremely profitable, too: They’re estimated to have perhaps generated as much as $30 billion in revenue in 2018,” said study author David Zendle of York St. John University.

“They’re also highly worrying — there are clear parallels between loot boxes and potentially harmful activities like gambling. Given their prevalence, importance, and the lack of literature on them, I think a good question is ‘Why weren’t more people running these studies?’”

The researchers had 1172 gamers complete psychological surveys regarding problem gambling and loot box spending.

The participants all reported regularly playing at least of one of ten popular games that feature loot boxes: Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: GO, FIFA 18, Rocket League, DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.

“There is a link between loot box spending and problem gambling. However, we’re not sure if this means that loot boxes literally cause problem gambling, or if it means that people who are already problem gamblers spend significantly more money on loot boxes. In either case, though, it doesn’t look socially beneficial.”

On average, the participants reported spending $19.58 on loot boxes in the past month. But some had spent up to $2300.

The study replicates the finding of previous research conducted by Zendle and published in 2018. That study, which examined 7422 gamers, found that people with more severe gambling problems tended to spend more on loot boxes.

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NESN starts telecast of sports-gambling show

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NESN, the television home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox, and VSiN (Vegas Stats & Information Network), started the telecast of VSiN’s Follow the Money morning show on March 18. It will be shown on NESNplus every weekday morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET.

Follow the Money, a three-hour show offering valuable betting information, with a lace of humour and entertainment, is hosted by Mitch Moss and Paul Howard.

“NESN has long been a leader in regional sports television, and there is no better partner to reach sports fans throughout New England,” said Brian Musburger, founder and CEO of VSiN. “As regulated sports betting expands across the country, VSiN will continue to partner with innovators like NESN to help inform the rapidly growing number of Americans wagering on sports.”

In the coming days, the show will include expert insight and analysis around March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament which got underway on Tuesday.

“Sports-wagering regulations are changing quickly and with these changes, we anticipate an increased interest in obtaining relevant and reliable sports information,” said Rick Jaffe, NESN’s vice president of programming and production. “VSiN has both the experience and expertise to deliver the most up-to-date gaming data and analytics to New England’s sports fans.”

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