Raising the stakes : the casino market in the Netherlands

Civil law and civil procedure / Game of chance

Raising the stakes : the casino market in the Netherlands


The aim of Dutch gambling policy, as enshrined in the Betting and Gaming Act [Wet op de kansspelen], is to ensure that gambling in general and casino gambling in particular is being guided and managed in the proper manner In this context, it is possible to distinguish between three policy objectives:

- The combating of gambling addiction, with the help of a preventative policy in respect of gambling addition.

- Consumer protection, which includes ensuring that games take place in an honest manner, and the provision of clear rules.

- The combating of crime, which includes preventing intervention by organised crime.

Holland Casino is the sole provider of casino games that, subject to strict conditions, is permitted to target the general public. The company is currently operating twelve branches, which is the maximum number permitted by law. A working group has carried out research into gambling policy and the casino market within the context of the Market Forces, Deregulation and Legislative Quality Project. In order to generate an insight into this issue, the Institute for Policy Research [Research voor Beleid] has examined whether a demand exists amongst consumers that would warrant an increase in the number of legal casinos, what effects this can be expected to have with regard to addiction, proceeds and crime, and what conditions will need to be attached to the potential expansion of the casino market. This report describes the findings of the aforementioned study.

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Pemberton, A., Oostdijk, A., Wils, J., Werf, C. van der
WODC, Research voor beleid
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