The Dutch enjoy a wide range of gambling options in fourteen land casinos and scores of Holland online casinos that offer gaming in Dutch. The government holds a tight monopoly on the local gambling scene, and is in a constant struggle with the European Union to justify lack of competition among operators within its borders.
List of 16 Dutch Online Casinos
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Gambling in Holland
Since the 1970's, gambling in Holland has been controlled by the state run Holland Casino, which operates 14 quality casinos around the country. Dutch gamblers are able to enjoy poker, blackjack, roulette and other Vegas style games at these gambling institutions. The Dutch government continues to stand firm against pressure from the European Union to relax its gambling legislation and allow foreign operators to compete in its market, citing fears of the rise in problem gambling.
Online Gambling in Holland
Previous governments have tried their utmost to ban Dutch gamblers from taking their entertainment online, even demanding from local banks to stop processing transactions to and from sites that are based out of the country. The banks have so far refused to cooperate with this blacklist and the new government seems to be adopting a more lenient approach to online gambling - not only because it realizes that so many Dutch people wager online anyway, but also to bring the country in line with other EU members who have introduced a more open internet gambling policy. As such, we can expect to see positive changes in Dutch online gambling laws in the near future.
Online casinos powered by top software companies such as Microgaming are popular among Dutch online gamblers, and there are currently nearly 240 gaming sites that offer game play in Dutch and English and that accept Euros. Ideal is considered one of the most popular forms of payment for Dutch online gamblers, although credit and debit cards, as well as methods such as ClickAndBuy and Skrill are also used.
Further Resources and Information
Additional Regulatory Site: http://www.kansspelautoriteit.nl/