Dutch tax jackpots, Russian poker site closure and Australian resignation


We have a mixed bag for you this week with the top stories in the industry including a tax hike for Dutch poker players, a Russian online card room closing its doors, and the troubles of the Crown casino in Australia …

By: Andrew Burnett

Dutch poker players hit the tax jackpot

We're going to start with some welcome good news as poker players in the Netherlands have finally solved a complex problem where they more than paid 30% Tax on your poker winnings – with Millions of euros are now due as a refund from the tax authorities.

The age-old 'playing poker' approach has been the Dutch way since the early 1960s, but E.U. Rules see it differently. That had seen numerous “contradicting” court judgments based on whether PokerStars.eu was actually an EU based company for tax purposes.

According to Poker.org, a lawyer acting on behalf of a large group of players recently struggled through the chaos and the Dutch tax authorities Sign settlements with the 130 plaintiffs and decided it was PokerStars.eu based in Malta. ”

Russian online card room bwin.ru closes

News from the Russian poker market has shown this Bwin.ru seems to have closed, his player accounts are apparently switched to Parimatch.ru.

Life as begin Receive (earlier GVC Holdings, partypokerThe parent company's card room, Bwin.ru, was sold in 2019 and was reportedly sold underfunded in marketing, reflected in low player numbers.

The players who switch to Parimatch.ru line up for a "Unique bonus offer" According to reports, with a transition that CEO Ruslan Medved Hopes will be "as painless as possible"

Pokernewsdaily reported to Medved on the closure of Bwin.ru: "Not all companies are now able to compete with the mastodons and, just as importantly, with the market itself and its realities."

partypoker US and WPT are launching the learning tool

Looking for US players fRee Poker Strategy and Analysis With the start of "For the player", a collaboration between the US arm of partypoker and the WPTCoaching partner "LearnWPT".

Subscribers to the free US-focused poker guide have “the opportunity to participate Live Team LearnWPT Training With Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger, Tony Dunst, Vanessa Selbst, Jared Tendler and Nick Binger, ”According to a press release this week.

The content is made available "through a series of newsletters and a dedicated blog" that focuses on aspects of the game such as: "Strategy Episodes", "Poker Decision Hands" and "WPT GTO Trainer Hand of the Week".

Nick BingerLearnWPT Founder and President also stated, "LearnWPT is excited to partner with partypoker US Network to bring the latest educational poker content to its player network."

Ray StefanelliPartypoker US Network, Director of Poker added, "For The Player is the latest initiative from partypoker US Network to support our players and the wider online poker community."

For more information and to sign up for exclusive "For The Player" content, players can visit learnwpt.com/partypokerus.

In the Australian Crown Casino saga, the CEO resigns

Ken Barton, CEO and Managing Director of Crown Resorts Casino group in Australia, is the latest to jump ship after a damn investigation report highlighted issues, including Money laundering and relationships with criminal organizations.

The investigation led by the commissioner Patricia Bergen, found that Barton was responsible two accounts involved in money laundering claims. Bergen's report noted that Barton had shown a "breathtaking lack of care", writing, "He can't keep up with what's needed at the top of a casino licensee."

As we reported recently, is the Crown Resorts group Under fire from many quarters, but Barton will go with a healthy payout – a 12 months notice period will see him pocket his $ 3.3 million The annual salary and its stock options are worth potential $ 56.5 million.