Dutch MPs are discussing rules which would slap new taxes on ALL games of chance — including those provided by “illegal” online casinos.
This is the second in six months the Senate has debated online gaming.
In April, a plan to give the state-owned Holland Casino EXCLUSIVE rights to provide online gaming was chucked out after a threat of prosecute by the EU
The Netherlands is one of several EU-member states to operate a state monopoly in defiance of European trade law.
The Dutch government claimed then that the new law would have helped to prevent illegal gambling and organised crime.
Today’s bill would impose HUGE taxes on domestic providers of “illegal” online gaming as well as on ordinary Dutch citizens who win at foreign online casinos.
Ministers also claim it will make sure that “illegal online gaming is not given ADVANTAGE over gaming in the real world.”