Holland Government Approves Online Poker

Source: http://www.gambling911.com/Holland-Government-Online-Poker-021107.html

Holland appears to be heading in the same direction as Spain and Great Britain.  The Dutch government will begin allowing online gambling via its licensed land-based Holland Casino.

The beneficiaries in all of this: Cryptologic.  The leading software developer to the global online casino gaming market, has announced an exclusive three-year licensing contract with Holland Casino.

The new site will be run on behalf of the Dutch government and is expected to launch in June 2007 with availability only to Netherlands residents.

“At CryptoLogic, we’re focused on strengthening our competitive advantage in Europe, and our new relationship with Holland Casino achieves this – in spades,” said Lewis Rose, CryptoLogic’s President and CEO, who was in Amsterdam for the signing. “By adding a government controlled casino operator to our blue-chip roster of customers, we have an excellent template for other governments interested in realizing the benefits of safe, secure and regulated Internet gaming.”

The agreement will be made through Cryptologic’s wholly owned subsidiary, WagerLogic Limited.

“Players in Holland can now enjoy poker and casino games on the Internet in a safe, secure and regulated gaming environment using our software” said AJ Slivinski, WagerLogic’s Managing Director.

Oddly enough, UK betting firm Ladbrokes had been banned from doing business in the Netherlands.

The ruling in 2005 followed a lawsuit from the Dutch Lotto after Ladbrokes placed adverts in several Dutch newspapers during the World Cup three years ago. Ladbrokes does not hold a permit to offer bets in the Netherlands and has no shops in the country.

John O’Reilly, Ladbrokes Managing Director for Remote Betting, told the Racing Post that his company has vowed to fight government run monopolies in the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and Finland.

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