The Netherlands has finally set a date for online betting legalisation, with the country's gaming regulator revealing that online betting will open up on January 1st, 2021.
The announcement was made by KSA Chairman Rene Jansen, who said that the country is going to be launching online betting on the date, coming six months after they let the Remote Gambling Act take effect on July 1st, 2020. After the RGA takes effect, the KSA will begin accepting applications for online gaming licenses, getting different operators and software providers on board for legal gambling.
Jansen also said that operators are encouraged to fill out a form by the 22nd of this month to express interest in entering the market. The KSA will be looking into these operators to ensure that they haven't been targeting Dutch punters for a period of two years before the application.
The Netherlands has been working to legalise online betting for several years, but keeps running into false starts as legislation was being kicked back. Now, it appears that things are finally falling into place for punters in the country to get their hands on legal online gambling.
Well the local will still have to wait for another year and half there and whatever the regulating process may be... one thing is for certain it shouldn't take that long.
I guess it's a good thing for the Netherlands to have legal online betting but as sharpe already said, it's still quite far ahead.
It's shocking that they've had to wait as long as they have. Heck, they have online gambling conferences in the country! Why not get it going?
Yeah, that's what I thought as well Slim..looks absurdly long period of time to get that going, if I was local I would of be annoyed by that news.