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Netherlands-based land casino group Holland Casino has announced that they've expanded its partnership with software group Playtech that'll see the two working together more tightly ahead of the launch of internet gaming in the country later this year.
The extension will see Playtech assuming the role of the casino's supplier for strategic technology, including backend management systems, online casino titles, live dealer casino games, poker, bingo, and sportsbetting services. Additionally, the deal will see Playtech assembling a live dealer studio that'll be located by one of the existing Holland Casino land locations.
After years of negotiations and legal hand-wringing, online gaming is slated to launch in the Netherlands in October. The country's regulator Kansspelautoriteit began accepting gaming license applications for iGaming in April, and there have been 28 such submissions as of the timing of this article.
"We are delighted to announce this strategic cooperation with Holland Casino," said Playtech CEO Mor Weizer. "The brand strength and local presence of Holland Casino combined with Playtech's 20 years of technology leadership in the industry will see us drive the online growth of the market in Holland.
"We look forward to working with Holland Casino to offer the highest quality, most comprehensive responsible gambling entertainment experience across retail and online in the Dutch market."
Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart also spoke, noting: "This agreement will provide the technology and expertise required to ensure we will deliver the leading online offering in the Netherlands. Holland Casino has high ambitions for the new online market and at the same time we are determined to play a leading role when it comes to Responsible Gaming and Player Protection. Playtech has the track record and necessary scale to deliver industry leading software, marketing and responsible gambling tools to the number one brand in the Netherlands.
"We look forward to the online market launching in the Netherlands in October 2021 and to a long and successful cooperation with Playtech as we work together to capture this exciting opportunity."