Dutch regulator reaffirms stance on unlicensed activities

Dutch regulator reaffirms stance on unlicensed activities

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Dutch national gaming regulator, Kansspelautoriteit, has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to clamping down on illegal gambling after issuing a number of companies with heavy fines for unlicensed activities.

The watchdog imposed fines totalling €310,000 ($392,415) on several companies over their involvement with unlicensed websites 7red.nl/.com and royaalcasino.nl/.com.

Redcorp SA was fined €130,000, Bluemay Enterprises NV was punished with a fine of €130,000 and Bluemay Enterprises Ltd was handed an additional fine of €50,000.

Speaking to TotallyGaming.com, the regulator’s senior communications adviser, Martijn van de Koolwijk, outlined exactly why the fines were imposed and explained that the regulator has the relevant procedures in place to reprimand other offenders.

“They offered, in an illegal way and focused on the Dutch market, gambling games, According to current Dutch law, that’s forbidden,” van de Koolwijk told TotallyGaming.com.

“In parallel, payments from consumers were carried out by a non-existent company.

“The Kansspelautoriteit has various tools for stopping such offences, such as fines and the possibility to block payments between consumers and illegal providers.”

During an investigation, the regulator discovered that both websites had been illegally offering online games of chance to players in the country.

The body ruled that, although both websites had changed their language from Dutch to English following a previous warning, this was still targeted at players in the Netherlands.

In addition, the regulator also discovered that both websites had been using a number of television channels to promote their services to Dutch players.

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