Dutch KSA increases illegal online gambling fines as part of policy review

Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has upped its minimum illegal online gambling sanctions from €150,000 up to €200,000 following the decision from the country’s Senate to approve its Remote Gaming Act.

The fines, which come into force today, may be subject to change depending on the number of illegal sites and games as well as the number of bonuses and prizes that are offered by operators.

René Jansen, chairman of the KSA Board of Directors, commented on how previous fines had not acted as enough of a deterrent: “The fines we used were not terrifying enough. The Senate recently adopted the bill on remote games of chance, which makes it possible to apply for a license in time for offering gambling via the internet. Illegal games of chance continue to fight the Ksa firmly. Now and later.

“The intention of the law is to create an attractive legal online gaming offering, which makes it possible for consumers to play safely on a fair market. There is no room for illegal providers. That is why we intend to thoroughly review our penalties policy for the future. The updating of the fines policy is now only a first step.”

It follows the regulator’s crackdown on gambling operators across the Netherlands as, during the course of 2018, it issued fines totalling €1.7m to European operators bet-at-home, Betsson, MRG Group, Mr Green and Betclic.

It stated at the time that the operators had continually breached Dutch digital laws, despite numerous warnings to stop all betting activities in The Netherlands.

The KSA’s tough stance has received support from a number of Kamer MPs, who stated that during the final review process of the Gaming Act, ‘bad actors should expect a cooling period.’

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