Online slot and casino players in the territory of the Netherlands have recently enjoyed an increase in numbers, due to a rise in the popularity of online casinos. This comes despite a surprising strictness on the legality of online gambling, from a country known for laidback laws on drug use and other 18+ activities. Despite these complications the hobby is gaining interest and there are more sites each day which cater to Hollanders. With all the main attractions you’d expect, like slot games and video poker, these sites still do a strong trade.
For Hollanders, online gambling is only legal if you play on websites based within the Netherlands, but unfortunately there are no such sites. The only land casinos in the Netherlands are operated by a monopoly and even they haven’t successfully obtained permission to have online counterparts! Things are set to change in the near future, fortunately, with online gambling expected to be legalised by 2017. The ‘Remote Gaming Bill’ which proposes this change has already been voted in favour, so it’s a matter of time. Though you do so at your own risk, players in the Netherlands are generally considered free to play online as this law is not widely enforced.
Unfortunately for players in the Netherlands, the legal situation means that gambling winnings are subject to taxation. Any winnings under €454 are not subject to this, but anything over is subject to a tax rate of 29%. However, most players don’t let this put them off. It’s just something that has to be factored in when you’re going for the big prizes, as most day to day wins won’t be affected. The popularity of online gambling has surged despite these restrictions, with slot play in particular being almost impossible to police.
Depositing and withdrawing is pretty straightforward for Hollanders. Those sites which cater to players from the Netherlands will accept a broad selection of payment methods, such as Mastercard and Citadel instant banking. They also accept third party e-wallet services like Neteller and Skrill, which are a popular choice for anyone using several sites, or who just doesn’t like to have their details stored remotely. Note that you can assuage that worry by choosing sites with encryption, which all the best will offer. Netherlands players can usually find sites which accept iDeal payments, handled through VeriSign SSL protection. Some sites don’t even charge for this.
There are a few games providers serving Netherlands sites, such as NetEnt and Microgaming. The latter is a common choice for Netherlanders and they tend to offer the broadest range currencies and languages for support. Microgaming sites typically host 400+ games, both slots and table games like blackjack and roulette. Some of the most popular slots in the world are Microgaming powered, such as the slot of Game of Thrones and the original title Immortal Romance. Fans of video poker will usually find several varieties on these sites too, such as Jacks or Better.