The Netherlands was set to roll out its new Remote Gambling Act in July 2020 but was forced to postpone the rollout to November 2020.
However, COVID-19 interrupted that schedule and now the official date for the new rollout of this gambling act will be 01 March 2021.
Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) which is the gaming regulator in the Netherlands has also confirmed that they plan to rollout a new self-exclusion system on 01 March 2021.
The new system is called “Cruks” and the European Commission (EC) has been intimated of the same.
What is Cruks?
The KSA has been looking for new ways to offer better protector to Dutch players and prevent them from succumbing to gambling addiction. The regulator has come out with Cruks which will work in tandem with the DigiD system. Residents in the Netherlands use the DigiD system to access different government services and benefits through their unique DigiD number.
You can get a DigiD number by registering and providing your full name, date of birth and BSN number which is a public service number. This can be done by all citizens while non-citizens will have to register using their passport. You will then be able to use your DigiD number to activiate Cruks. If you do not have a DigiD number, you will have to get in contact with the KSA and ask for one.
Dutch players who go to an online casino or brick & mortar casino will have to enter their BSN. When this is done, the operator’s system will generate a Cruks code and the same will be run against a self-exclusion register. If the player gets matched, they will not be given access to the online or land based casino. Operators have been instructed to save the Cruks code but delete all BSN info.
KSA confirmed that it has informed the European Commission of this planned rollout which is both non-discriminatory and vital to offer Dutch players better protection from gambling harms.
KSA Cracking Down On Lotteries
The KSA also confirmed that it would take a closer look at lottery operators and their third party vendors going forward. The KSA said that it realized a number of licensed lottery operators were outsourcing their operators to third party vendors who were not complying with regulations.
In the past, the KSA had only monitored licensed lottery operators. Now, operators who want to use third party vendors will have to submit a written agreement and will be held responsible for any risk lottery outsourcing deals.