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Dutch Spend on Online Gambling Soars

Dutch Spending on Online Gambling Doubles in Three Years to €450 Million


Justice Minister Ernst Hersch BallinDutch gamblers spent €450 million on online gambling, including poker, in 2008, doubling the spend since 2005 according to De Telegraaf newspaper.

A survey by Motivaction found 485,000 regular online bettors in the country, most of them young and many of them poker players. The average spend was €82 per month.

The report said addiction clinic Jellinek has called for the regulation of online gaming — currently the Dutch government does not allow gambling online — saying that “the current ban for players and sites does not work.”

Earlier this week reported on Justice Minister Ernst Hersch Ballin’s plans to take legal action against online gaming operators who accept players from the Netherlands and warned banks in the country their facilitation of this activity was illegal.

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