Dutch Casino Joins the Virtual Gaming Biz

28 November 2000
Access Gaming System's latest client to launch an online casino is Holland Casino, a state regulated and licensed land-based casino based in the Netherlands. "We wanted to offer another dimension to our business," explained Dr. Henk Kivits, Holland Casino's CEO, and the launch of an online casino is expected to increase the company's market share and profitability, and provide a new marketing tool to extend the Dutch casino's marketing reach. During the casino's first year of operation, the casino expects to sign on 30 thousand customers, and triple that number within five years. The new casino, www.hollandcasino.nl, was developed at the request of the Dutch Minister of Justice M.M. Cohen, although no legislation has been passed yet permitting real money play. That legislation is expected to pass soon.

Minister Cohen was most concerned about security and player protection, including fairness, safety and reliability. "As a state regulated company it was our objective to provide a secure and reliable Internet solution," Kivits said. To address these concerns Holland Casino features 128-bit encryption for all internal and external communications, including player and operator authentication, encryption of sensitive stored data and fail-safe access to the transaction request server.

For now, Holland Casino offers a variety of casino games for fun, which are accessible to players around the world. When actual play-for-money gambling starts later this year, following legislation to permit the activity, Holland Casino will be available only to residents of The Netherlands. The site is available in Dutch only.

The site joins a short list of other land-based casinos offering virtual gaming, including some of the most recent entrants online: Ladbrokes (the betting and gaming division of Hilton Group plc) and Stanley Leisure plc. Both companies are headquartered in the U.K., and operate numerous land-based casinos. Their virtual casinos, however, are located offshore. Ladbrokes operates its e-casino from Gibraltar while Stanley Leisure's three online casinos are licensed in Dominica. Several Australian operators, however, like Lasseters, whose software was developed by Access, are licensed to operate both a bricks-and-mortar and clicks-and-mortar casino from that nation.