Online gamblers from the Netherlands smarter
The online gambling industry in the Netherlands will grow by a rate of 7.6% this year according to their gaming regulator which oversees such things. The figures that were released by the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) show that the Dutch online gambling market will be worth about €296 million in 2015, up from €275 million from last year. This is equal to 13% of the country’s total gaming market, a bit lower than the European average of 16%.
There are roughly about 437k Dutch residents who enjoy gambling online right now, roughly 3% of the population with ages of 16 and over. Most of these players are men between the ages of 20 and 35, 44% of which have a college or university degree, compared to 28% of the broader Dutch population.
The KSA also showed that 83% of the gamblers that are currently playing online show no signs of problem gambling. The country is currently in the process of passing its Remote Gaming Bill which has already been delayed a lot. This bill should become law sometime in 2017.
The bill will mainly focus on taking the online revenue tax to 20% which they find would be optimal in order to increase the number of operators. They also intend to put a stop to illegal operators by increasing the fines that they are given. As of August 1st, the KSA have tripled the minimum fine for illegal operators all across the Netherlands.