Netherlands to emulate French protectionist approach to poker?

Netherlands-Poker-ProtectionismA government commission in the Netherlands has concluded that the authorities are failing in their attempts to prevent Dutch poker players from visiting international poker operators’ sites. Cause for celebration, right? It would be, but the commission’s proposed remedy is to ape the French government’s approach and create another ring-fenced (dike-fenced, in this case) enclave in which a few select licensees would be granted the concession, while the authorities come down hard on local ISPs to block international operators who haven’t been taught the secret handshake. European Union? Free trade? My arse… Read more.