Dutch National Lottery set to separate lottery and online sports betting customer accounts under new laws

The move will require players to open two separate accounts for lottery and online sports betting, as from March 2021

According to the Dutch National Lottery, as from 1st March 2021, customers will have to open two separate accounts to play lottery games and bet on online sportsThis comes into effect as the two different forms of betting are subject to different laws. 

The online sports betting players and operators will need to follow the new Remote Gambling Act whereas the current Gambling Act will deal with Lotto, Eurojackpot, Lucky Day and scratch cards. 

The Gambling Act has been postponed twice, with the date now set at 1st March 2021. Previously, the planned Sander Dekkerdate for the Act to come into effect was that of 1st July 2019 but it was later moved to November 2019 and, most recently, to September 2020. 

In a letter addressed to the lower house of the Dutch parliament, Minister for Legal Protection, Sander Dekker (left), noted that the postponement was because they wanted to give players and operators the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new law and its procedures, saying that “this creates more space for all parties involved to prepare for the new law coming into effect.". 

SiGMA website adds French as its 6th language:

SiGMA Group is excited to announce the addition of a 6th language to its website. Users can now find all content, including the SiGMA News website, in French. The latest addition to SiGMA’s portfolio of languages will run alongside the recently launched Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese content, and aims to cater to SiGMA’s wide portfolio of international events.

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