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Regulating ILL Egal Gambling Markets: the Case of Illegal Casinos in the Netherlands

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By the end of the nineteenth century gambling was, in most European countries, prohibited by law. Why a substantial number of illegal casinos in the Netherlands were able to survive and attract customers for such a long time is an interesting question. This chapter outlines the theoretical assumptions with regard to the interaction between legal and illegal gambling markets. It describes the gambling policies of the Dutch government. The chapter follows with an examination of the policies the authorities pursued with regard to casino gambling. It also describes the developments with regard to the illegal gaming houses. The chapter discusses the effects of regulation and repression with regard to gambling markets. It offers some concluding remarks, based on the outcomes of this case study.

Keywords: casino gambling; Dutch government; gambling markets; illegal casinos; illegal gambling markets; Netherlands



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