The current law on games of chance (WOK) dates from 1964. At that time, the Dutch world of games of chance was a lot different. There was no question of playing games from a distance.

The necessity of reviewing and regulation is high. Approximately between 750.000 and 1 million Dutch regularly play a game of chance on the internet. There is a need for a fitting and attractive offer of games of chance. Important goals within regulation are creating a responsible offer, preventing gambling addiction and reducing illegal options.

According to the most recent numbers of Intraval, in 2016 there were approximately 8.435.000 recreational players, 95.700 risk players and 79.000 problem players. These are all types of games of chance together, both live/landbased as online/mobile.