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Remote Gaming Association underwhelmed by Dutch poker recommendations

The Remote Gaming Association has been quick off the mark in commenting on this week's release of a Dutch commission's report on online gambling, criticising its findings because these exclusively recommend that online poker be regulated, but not other forms of online gambling.

Speaking for the Association, chief executive Clive Hawkswood said that the proposal from the Jansen Commission was an inadequate first step in light of changes occurring throughout the rest of Europe.

"This is clearly a missed opportunity to follow the same path as other jurisdictions, such as Denmark, which do not seek to discriminate against different forms of gambling and recognise that all are capable of being properly regulated," Hawkswood said. "Given that de Lotto offers sport betting, this appears to appease the lottery operator by limiting the opening to poker only.

"The RGA believes that there is only one logical and realistic way to address the burgeoning remote gambling market and that is through proper regulation for poker, sports betting and casino games.

"It would be churlish of us not to welcome the poker opening, if it is granted in a viable way, but it appears as an opportunity missed for other segments. If consumer protection rather than market protectionism is the real policy objective then this recommendation should embrace other areas."

The Jansen Commission was tasked with examining the possibilities for regulated online gambling by the Dutch Justice Minister in September 2009, and published its final report on August 23rd. It's recommendations include a call for a licensing system for poker operators, but excludes sports betting, bingo and casino style games.

Source: InfoPowa News

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