Online poker in the Netherlands at 2021: legal background
Although the Netherlands can be considered as a very liberal country in several aspects, when it comes to online gambling, the situation is highly different, at least on paper. In theory, Dutch players can only join licensed poker rooms, and it's illegal to join offshore sites. A project to regulate Netherlands online poker sites was introduced in 2016.
In 2021 the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) made good on that threat, and since October 1, 2021, major operators pulled out of the Netherlands waiting for approval to return (and pay over 30% in taxes). The Dutch poker market is so profitable that most likely, all sites will return in the mid-term. Online gambling sites like partypoker, Unibet pulled out of the country due to the new regulation.
Overall, players from Holland will be able to access the global pool but only through licensed operators of those poker sites willing to take their chances.
Poker taxes in the Netherlands
In 2018 a curious precedent was set in the online poker industry. The Dutch tax office (Belastingdienst) was forced to return millions of euros in taxed charged to PokerStars.EU players. The reason is that PS was licensed in Malta, an European Union member, so profits were not subject to the 29% tax.
However, "he who laughs last laughs best." PokerStars won't be able to return the Holland at least until late 2022 (due to a fine imposed by the Dutch government), and under the new Dutch gambling regulation, it's expected that tax liability switch to the operators, so probably players will pay it somehow (through increased rake, for example).
Best online poker sites for Dutch players
The best online poker sites accepting players from Holland can be divided into licensed and offshore as all regulated markets. This list includes the best of both worlds:
GGPoker was the first major poker site in getting a Dutch poker license. This room needs no introduction: millions of dollars in monthly promotions, many poker games, WSOP online, massive loyalty program (Fish Buffet), and currently struggling for the TOP1 position in PokerScout.
Dutch players can enter any PPPoker, PokerBros, or Upoker club due to the decentralized model of these sites. Although the platform isn't the best, our players confirm the presence of many amateurs at the poker games. Our unique deal includes massive rakeback and safe access to cash games and poker tournaments
The flagship site of the US-friendly Winning Poker Network warmly welcomes Dutch players. Here, you will find a unique rakeback deal from us (deposit bonus, fixed cashback), American fans, and an exciting portfolio with cash games, SnG, and poker tournaments (including the Venom).
This skin of the Chico Poker Network (another US-facing site) is open for players living in Holland. Although it's not among the TOP10 sites nowadays, it still features some of the softest games from NL/PLO10 to NL/PLO5000 and a complete MTT schedule with millions of dollars in guaranteed prize pools. Unfortunately, rakeback is not an option here although you can get a deposit bonus.
The easiest way is to reach our customer service. We will recommend you the best poker rooms legal in the Netherlands and give you the best deals.
Deposit and withdrawal methods for Dutch poker players
Most likely, licensed operators will offer traditional payment options for Holland players:
- Bank transfer
- Cards (debit and credit)
However, offshore sites prefer a decentralized option, so you need to use cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum to play here. Don't worry; major exchanges like Binance, Localbitcoins, or FTX operate in Holland, so you won't face any problem converting your crypto into fiat currency.
The most famous Dutch poker players
Perhaps the most famous Dutch poker player nowadays is Lex Veldhuis, a Twitch star sponsored by PokerStars. The streamer Bryan Paris (born in the US) lives in Holland, and it's currently sponsored by Natural8. We also found Joris "BillLewinsky" Ruijs sitting with over 5 million only in his PS account.
In the live poker arena, we have Jorryt van Hoof with almost six million in profits, followed by Marcel Luske with $5M. Dutch players have won six WSOP bracelets.
Here you will find a quick answer to frequently asked questions about playing online poker in the Netherlands:
✅ What is the best poker room for Dutch players?
Here is a fine selection according to our players' feedback:
- Do you enjoy playing through a licensed site: Head to GGPoker
- Are you looking for the softest field? Go to PPPoker and club-based apps
- Do you need to use a HUD or a poker tracker? Americas Cardroom is the answer
- Is high rakeback a must? PPPoker or ACR will please you.
- Do you need to deposit and withdraw via Bitcoin? Good news! All the sites on our list are Bitcoin-friendly
- Looking for American fans? Americas Cardroom, SportsBetting, or PokerBros
✅ Is PokerStars available in the Netherlands?
Unfortunately, PokerStars was fined by Dutch authorities, and it won't get a license at least until late 2022.
✅ What is the legal age to play online poker in the Netherlands?
You need to be at least eighteen years old to play poker across the Internet.
✅ Is online poker legal in Holland?
Yes, after the regulation came into force in 2021, online poker rooms with a license can offer their services to citizens of the country.
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