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    Default Netherlands exploring new online poker laws

    Gambling Online Magazine is reporting that the Netherlands might follow the lead of France and Italy and legalize online poker in the country. The only legal online gambling offered in the country currently is an Internet lottery.

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    Regulation would allow the government to make money from the selling of licenses. The Netherlands has around half a million online gamblers and the domestic market is believed to be worth between 100 million and 270 million. It has also been claimed that regulation would help protect players.

    Any development will take time however as prospective new laws would have to clear both houses of the Dutch Parliament and could be delayed if there is any opposition.

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    Good to hear this news, considering the numbers of online poker players in Netherlands.
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    Regulation is good as long as it's the right kind of regulation. I don't think the French model is the one everyone should be following, JMO.
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    I agree with Anthony. French model can't be an example to others, but this is really good news for Netherland players.

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    Well, that's good for the Netherland government and their people as well as for the online poker operators. All will be benefited.

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    hey one question? why is the french model considered a bad one?

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    Default New Jersey also pushing in legislature

    I read on pokerscout that new jersey is also pushing in legislature...

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    In practise the legalization of Poker (and soon also online casino) in the Netherlands will have only few significant changes as a consequence.

    In practise, poker players in the Netherlands already have the opportunity to play online, their payments are processed and they can even report their winnings to the tax authorities.

    Basically they can even deduct their travel costs etc if they are registered as a company (1 man) and play life. What is not deducatble is the losses they may make - which makes it tough to actually be a profitable poker player (think about going into a coinflip, knowing you need to pay 30% tax in case you win! - is the coinflip still attractive then?) - I doubt that losses will become tax deducatble...

    All in all I think this change might have some very positive effects for offline players but in the practise of online poker - little good will happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel_LCP View Post
    hey one question? why is the french model considered a bad one?
    Well from my point of view, they put in too many criterions and impositions which means that quite a number of operators and hence affiliate programs (such as ours) got left out in the cold.

    Take a look at this article:
    hxxp://www.gaminglaw.eu/actuality-312/new-french-gaming-legislation-requirements-imposed-on-operators-by-th.html

    This, in turn affected our some of our affiliates - those who were promoting to the French market - since they could no longer bring us players from France and this caused them loss of revenue.

    I don't know whether Anthony meant quite the same thing though but I agree, the French model is not the one that should be followed.
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    I read the article, way too many restrictions plus the fees are a bit expensive for my taste! Thanks for posting that article, I have now a better understanding on this issue!

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    Most welcome dear
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    Yeah, right. That's a good idea. Best for many poker players in Netherlands and for their government for their additional profit.

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