Breaking: Dutch Lower House okays Holland casino privatization

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Earlier today, the Dutch Lower House passed a bill that will privatize and split up state-owned Holland Casino. The bill, however, must still pass the Senate before it can be enacted. Holland Casino is currently the openly land-based casino operator in the Netherlands that is allowed to offer live table games, such as roulette, blackjack, and baccarat. Its sale might net the Dutch treasury as much as €1bn.

The bill proposes that Holland Casino’s fourteen individual branches will be split up: ten of these – as of yet, it is unclear which ones – will remain part of Holland Casino. Four will be sold separately, while an additional two land-based casino licenses will be newly created.