Dutch regulator hits operator with €350,000 illegal gambling fine

Dutch regulator hits operator with €350,000 illegal gambling fine

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Posted by News Team
Netherlands
Curaҫao-based company and Cyprus subsidiary operated Dutch-language iGaming sites

Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has fined Curaҫao-based CyberRock Entertainment and its Cyprus-based subsidiary Honeydew Trading €350,000 for running an illegal gambling site. 

CyberRock and Honeydew were found to have targeted Dutch consumers predominantly via the sites Play2WinCasino.com and SupremePlay.com. Both sites were found to be almost entirely in Dutch, while other websites operated by the companies would change from English-language to Dutch once a player logged in.

KSA chairman René Jansen said that tackling illegal operations remained a key priority for the regulator, with many Dutch citizens unaware that online gambling is currently illegal. 

“Protecting consumers is an important objective of the KSA in addition to preventing gambling addiction and combating illegality,” he explained. 

“Gambling with an illegal provider implies that the consumer is not protected,” Jansen said. “They are not sure of a fair game. There is also no controls to block participation by vulnerable groups, such as minors.”

The KSA has long targeted sites that offer their products via Dutch-language sites, with the company’s iGaming legislation currently stalled in the country’s legislature.

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