Who is on the jury?

The votes as cast by the expert jury contribute half of the final result. The professional jury includes people from the Dutch gaming industry. Employees of OnlineCasinovanhetJaar.nl and the organizing parties OneTime.nl and CasinoNieuws.nl do not sit on the jury and have no influence on the outcome of the Online Casino of the Year election.

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The members of the jury will be announced shortly.

Willem van Oort

2023 – Now

Willem van Oort is an experienced consultant in the field of iGaming and online gaming. He is the founder of Gaming in Holland, a leading knowledge resource for the Dutch iGaming industry, and iGaming Consultancy Granvia.co. Van Oort is an authority on online gaming and has received several awards and accolades for his work in the industry. Since 2022, he has been a board member of Mindway AI, a Danish company specializing in developing artificial intelligence-based solutions for responsible gaming and gambling prevention. In addition to being a judge for the Online Casino of the Year, Willem van Oort has also been a judge for the prestigious Vixio Gambling Compliance Awards and the EGR Awards for many years.

Fintan Costello

2023 – Now

Amsterdam-based Fintan Costello is a gambling industry veteran. He has held executive positions at numerous gambling companies, including PokerStars and PaddyPower. He also led the Gambling vertical at Google for several years. Costello is founder and director of BonusFinder, the online casino comparison site he sold to Gambling.com in February 2022.

Anne-Jaap Snijders

2024 – Now

Anne-Jaap Snijders has a Master of Science in Economics with a specialization in Marketing and has been working in the sports, media and gambling industry for 25 years. After merchandising at PSV Eindhoven and head of Marketing at Voetbal International, he started working at Kindred where he had the role of Chief Commercial Officer for the last fifteen years. He was also a board member of Relax gaming and the Casino of Blankenberge in Belgium. Since 2024, he has been working for himself as a consultant within the gaming industry with his company Book of Sports.

Mike de Graaff

2024 – Now

Mike de Graaff has been working in the world of online gaming since 2015. He counted ComeOn, Betclic, and Maxima Compliance among his employers. In 2023 he founded BetComply, a consultancy company that supports online gambling companies in the field of compliance. In his role as consultant, he was involved in the successful license applications of various Dutch online casinos.

Gilbert den Hertog

2024 – Now

Gilbert den Hertog has a long track record in the Dutch gaming sector. He worked for, among others, 888, Betfair, PokerStars, and Holland Casino. Since August 2023, he started GameCampaigns, a company that specializes in acquisition and retention marketing for online gambling companies.

Steven Vrolijk

2023 – Now

Steven Vrolijk is managing partner at XY Legal Solutions, a company that advises various online casinos on compliance with the Remote Gaming Act in the Netherlands. He is also the driving force behind the Keurmerk Verantwoorde Affiliates, a quality mark to which nearly 70 of the largest affiliates in the Netherlands are held.

Rik van Vliet

2023 – Now

Rik van Vliet is an iGaming consultant with a wealth of experience in the Dutch world of online gaming. He has worked for Full Tilt Poker, Golden Palace, LeoVegas, and PokerStars, among others.

Jurriaan Hillen

2023 – Now

Jurriaan Hillen is a renowned Betting & Gaming & Media consultant with a background in television production. His passion for the world of online gambling has always been a prominent part of his career, and now he joins the jury of the Online Casino of the Year competition to share his expertise and experience. With a keen eye for detail and a deep knowledge of the gambling industry, Jurriaan has made an undeniable impact on online gambling in the Netherlands. As a Betting & Gaming media consultant, he has collaborated with leading gambling companies, advising them on their strategies and business development specifically for the Dutch market. With his profound understanding of the game, he contributes to identifying the best legal online casinos in the market.

Noortje Denissen

2023 – Now

Noortje Denissen is an experienced professional with an extensive history within the Dutch gaming industry. With her extensive expertise, she has earned her spurs at renowned companies including Betsson, Unibet, Dutch Lottery, Entain, and Stakelogic. During her career, Noortje Denissen has held various roles and developed as a versatile specialist with in-depth knowledge of Dutch legal providers.

Michiel Mertes

2023 – Now

Michiel Mertes is a digital nomad with extensive knowledge of the Dutch gaming market. After years of working for Unibet, he started working for himself as a consultant in 2019. As founder of sportsbetting platform Betmanbegins and co-founder of OddsBeater, he knows the legal online casinos in the Netherlands by heart. Conducts research on various aspects of online casinos for numerous parties within the industry.

Yori Epskamp

2023 – Now

As responsible for all content within iBus Media’s PokerNews.com, Yori Epskamp knows the world of online gaming like no other. In addition to extensive experience with online poker, he has his finger on the pulse of all legal online gaming offerings in the Netherlands.

Jasper Wetemans

2023 – Now

Jasper Wetemans is a professional poker player with in depth knowledge of the software and operation of online poker rooms. He also has extensive experience with the various sportsbooks in the Netherlands.

Maicel Peters

2023 – Now

Maicel Peters, a 48-year-old online gaming enthusiast who in daily life is a Wwft supervisor with the central government, brings with him nearly two decades of experience in the world of online gambling. His journey began in 2004, when he discovered his interest in online poker. This interest soon expanded to the world of online casinos, which he began focusing on from 2015/2016. Since the legalization of online casinos in the Netherlands, Maicel has registered at every licensed casino and plays there daily. However, his interest in gambling dates back well before that; since the age of 18, he has had a deep interest in gaming, whether that was filling out a Toto form at the local cigar store or a visit to the Holland Casino. Maicel sees gambling as more than just a game of chance; for him, it is an experience that brings him joy, whether a profit is made or not. He also has a passion for looking for profitable promotions or promotions, with the discipline of checking all legal online casinos daily for attractive offers. With his passion for gambling, extensive experience in both online poker and casinos, and his expertise in slots, Maicel Peters is an excellent addition to the panel of judges for the Online Casino of the Year Election. He brings with him a wealth of insight and practical experience that will be invaluable to the competition.

Dominique van der Geer

2023 – Now

Van der Geer began playing poker in 2006, participating in small tournaments on a weekly basis. Her love of gambling extends across the full spectrum – from slots to table games, and she is always open to new variations. Although she has explored several casinos, it is those in Las Vegas that have captured her heart. Adding to that, she is the founder and administrator of the Las Vegas NL Facebook group, where she brings together Dutch fans of the iconic American gambling city. In addition, she is responsible for publishing the monthly Las Vegas NL magazine, through which she shares her passion for the city with her followers. Outside the gambling world, Van der Geer runs a successful travel agency, specializing in road trips to the United States and vacations to Las Vegas. This allows her to combine her love of travel with her passion for gambling. Since the legalization of online casinos in the Netherlands, Van der Geer plays daily at virtually every online casino the country has to offer. Her opinion and insight are therefore invaluable for the Online Casino of the Year Election. Dominique van der Geer is an avid gambling enthusiast and a passionate expert on the gambling industry. Her extensive experience and insight into both offline and online gambling makes her an ideal judge for the Online Casino of the Year Election.

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