More Than 1.5 Million Dutch Players Gamble Online, Research ClaimsPublished December 4, 2015 by Vlad G
New research claims that Dutch players are very active in online gambling despite the ban in the country and spend more than €500 million.
According to a recent research done by Motivaction, more than 1.5 million people in the Netherlands gamble on the internet and this puts the figure ahead of the early predictions by far, making it a huge market.
It is also important to note that the Netherlands does not currently have a regulated online gambling industry. Despite its ban on gambling on the internet, players easily have access to some of the biggest brands in the world, including the likes of Mr Green Casino, Tivoli Casino and Gaming Club Casino.
A market worth €500 million
The research also mentioned that the 1.5 million Dutch players spend about €500 million on online gambling options. Such figures would put the Netherlands in a great position were it to legalize online gambling since the demand is not only present but already being met to some extent.
Not all players have great frequency and the results indicate that about 700,000 players only gamble a few times a year. The research was made for the only gambling company in the market, Holland Casino group, to highlight the potential for an online growth.
Online gambling legalization in the Dutch market
The current regulations are still pending and it is believed that the government will finally legalize online gambling in the Dutch market in 2017. There are still various subjects to be cleared out and it is now difficult to predict how many and which operators will actually receive licenses.
Despite its current ban, quite a few websites licensed in overseas jurisdictions target the market and cater to Dutch players with a wide collection of games and services. It is believed that about 200 companies are interested in getting a license for the Netherlands that would allow them to offer their services in a regulated environment within the market. The current proposals will require the operators to contribute to a fund for helping gambling addicts.