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Dutch Gaming Authority Explains Games of Chance in Times of Corona: What is (Not) Allowed?

May 2, 2020 | Government

THE HAGUE¬† — In these times, the Gaming Authority (Ksa) receives many questions from Corona about which games of chance may be offered (online). The questions come from entrepreneurs, but also from consumers. Both groups want to know from the Ksa what is and is not allowed.

The Ksa naturally understands that there are many (online) initiatives in the field of gambling at this time with the aim of removing people from their isolation. These are often online bingos that are well-intended. But there is also a chance that people with less beautiful motives will respond to this. That is why the Ksa refers to the Gambling Act. This stipulates that a game of chance may in principle only be offered if a license has been granted for it. This is not without reason: games of chance are risky products and they are also sometimes used by crooks.

Exceptions

The general rule is that a game of chance where prizes or premiums can be won cannot be offered without a license. There are only three exceptions to this. The first exception is that a game of chance may be offered in a private circle. This is, for example, within the family, within a circle of friends or in a home for elderly care. A second exception concerns the so-called physical small games of chance, such as bingos and wheel of fortune. These may be organized under a number of conditions, including that the organizer is an association and that the game is notified to the municipality in advance. Naturally, the current RIVM guidelines with regard to 1.5 meters distance and hygiene also apply to physical meetings.

Promotional game of chance

The last exception is the so-called promotional games of chance. By organizing a game of chance, for example a bingo or a lottery, organizations bring attention to a product or service. This is only allowed if the conditions in the Code of Conduct for Promotional Games of Chance are met. This prescribes, among other things, that participants may not be asked to pay a contribution and that minors can only participate if a parent has given permission.

Sociability

To be clear: if a game of chance cannot win a prize or a premium and the game is played purely for fun and / or honour, no license is required.

More information

SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit (Dutch Gaming Authority).

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