Unlicensed Operators Scramble to Exit Dutch Market Unlicensed Operators Scramble to Exit Dutch Market

Major online poker and casino operators are making hasty exits from the Dutch market as new regulations finally come into force later today.

Statements from Flutter, Entain, 888, and Kindred Group issued in the last 24 hours have all confirmed their market withdrawal Friday, though all hope to return to the market in 2022 under license.

The eleventh-hour exit comes despite this Dutch regulation being in the works since at least 2013. Even today, confusion remains as to whether a full market exit is necessary; additional clarity from the regulator has been requested.

Meanwhile, the ten lucky recipients of Dutch online gambling licenses—including GGPoker, Bet365 and Holland Casino—can launch their services from midday today.