Dutch record fine for illegal operators

Dutch record fine for illegal operators

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Totally Gaming
Jan Suyver said the penalty proved Kansspelautoriteit's commitment to pursuing illegal operators

The Dutch gambling regulator has handed out its biggest fine to date to two companies behind a website found to be operating illegally in the country.

The Kansspelautoriteit discovered that Redslots.com was targeting customers from the Netherlands through its Dutch language service, the presence of a Dutch flag and an advertised welcome bonus for players from the country.

After an investigation that began in November 2014, Curacao-based Redcorp SA and Bluemay Enterprises NV were fined a total of €480,000 ($511,000). 

Kansspelautoriteit said that the fine, which can be appealed, was so high as both companies had been found guilty of illegal operations before, with each receiving a €130,000 fine in October 2014.

“The penalty for these offenders shows providers that the Kansspelautoriteit does not let go, even if they are fined once already and even if they change their domain name,” said Jan Suyver, chairman of the Kansspelautoriteit.

Suyver added that he wants this case to spur Dutch politicians to pass the stalled legislation that would create a licensed system for online gambling and give the Kansspelautoriteit greater powers.

“It would be even better if the Kansspelautoriteit were to get additional powers to protect Dutch consumers, such as the blocking of payments," he said. “We can only hope that the parliament adopts legislation quickly.”

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