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Dutch players will be subject to €700 affordability checks thresholds from October 1 following the publication of new responsible gaming rules.

The Netherlands’ suite of previously announced remote gambling rules was published in the government gazette today (3 June).

The Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) said that while many of the rules enter force today, some of the more technically challenging regulations will apply from 1 October.

These include the new €300 monthly affordability checks thresholds for Dutch players aged 18 to 24, rising to €700 for players over 24-years-old.

Operators will be required to check whether players can afford a gambling spend higher than this, with a maximum ceiling of 30% of income.

The KSA said operators must also be more diligent at responding to gambling behaviour red flags.

Under the revised real-time monitoring rules, operators must intervene within one hour after detecting suspicious or excessive gambling activities.

This rule also will enter force from 1 October, the same day KSA chair René Jansen plans to step down from his position.

KSA beefs-up policy after research

The updated regulations stem from a September 2023 KSA research report assessing responsible gaming policy implementation at 10 online operators.

The report found licensees could respond more quickly and effectively to signs of gambling addiction.

As such, the regulator called for new legislation to tighten the country’s responsible gaming rules.

Jansen said at the time: “With this research, we see where, outside of these signals, providers are not doing well.

“Players must be able to assume that they can play safely. We see that rules need to be tightened, precisely to further promote a safe environment for players.”

Based on the research, the KSA drafted an updated Responsible Gaming Policy Rule, opening it up to consultation in December.

The regulator said it received 33 responses during the consultation period from industry stakeholders, including suppliers, operators, trade bodies and addiction specialists.

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