Gambling laws are not the same everywhere in the world. Legislations can vary a lot depending on the country and are you’re in. Some countries allow gambling on brick and mortar casinos, some completely ban it – whether it’s online or at a real casino.
Netherlands, on the other hand, has been very strict with their laws and legislation throughout the entire gambling scene. Online gaming is not legal in the Netherlands, and operators targeting Dutch players that are operating without a license will be severely fined. One question that is asked a lot in the online gaming industry is: “Is it illegal for players to play online casinos?”
Frankly, even if your country bans online casinos, as a player you’re still allowed to play. At least we don’t know of any case, where a player would have gotten fined for playing at an online casino. Although Casino Professor definitely recommends playing only at casinos that hold a reputable license.
Because of these ongoing changes in the market, the operators aren’t allowed to market to Dutch players, however, there are many online casinos that allow players from the Netherlands to play at their casinos.
The good news is, that the Dutch government is working on the remote gambling law for The Netherlands. This will give a definition of games of chance for remote online poker, casino games, sports, bets, live betting on sports, and so on. This means, that soon the Netherlands will have their own license for online casinos, in which case online gaming will be open to players from the Netherlands and operators holding this license are allowed to offer online gambling under the license. The government says though, that just because a casino has another EU-license, it doesn’t mean they will automatically get a Dutch license.
We were expecting this license to be published already in 2016-2017, but the timeline has moved back drastically, and now the license is expected in the summer of 2018.