Internet betting giant Playtech plc has announced that it has signed a deal with Netherlands based gambling monopoly Holland Casino which will see the group offering legal online betting in the restricted market as early as 2015.
Playtech had been rumored to have captured the Holland Casino contract for quite some time, but official word had not leaked until yesterday. As part of the deal, Playtech's entire gaming library will be offered under an internet casino branded with the Holland Casino name, which will cater to Dutch players when online betting is legalized.
A statement provided by Playtech regarding the deal read: "This agreement builds on Playtech's major customer relationships in regulated markets with other successful operators such as RAY of Finland and many leading operators in Italy, including SNAI, Sisal and Eurobet. The Dutch online gaming market is expected to regulate in early 2015 and presents a strong opportunity for both Playtech and Holland Casino in the Netherlands, considered to be one of the more exciting markets in Europe."
"Playtech will partner with Holland Casino as it moves into the online gaming space and will launch Playtech's entire gaming product suite including casino, poker, bingo, mobile and portal. In preparation of forthcoming regulations, Playtech will deliver a play-for-points offering, which will support Holland Casino's efforts to establish itself in the online space and build an online player base."
Holland Casino CEO Willem-Jan van den Dijssel said, "During the tender procedure, Playtech presented itself in a very convincing and promising way. As the world's largest online gaming software supplier, we're convinced that Playtech will deliver the high quality and state-of-the-art user experience that we seek for our players."
Lastly, Playtech CEO Mor Weizer added: "Playtech will ensure Holland Casino meets all the new regulatory requirements to be set out by the Netherlands legal authorities to provide its customers with an appealing localized product experience. We are confident that our industry experience coupled with our current work in many regulated markets will ensure Holland Casino will provide its players with an unparalleled online gaming offering."