Kansspelautoriteit Outlines Plans To Tackle Illegal Games Of Chance

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Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has proposed new proposals that would recognise and counter illicit land-based games of chance.

The proposals, which will come into effect in 2020, would demonstrate the need for more Netherlands-wide local authorities to cooperate, setting goals to help municipalities at least 50 times over the next 12 months–a marked increase over the 35 times over 2019.

“As a supervisor, the KSA has the expertise to recognise illegal games of chance, for example in the form of gambling columns or illegal poker tournaments,” the KSA said in a statement.

The KSA will advise local authorities in support of local authorities on the planning of searches for illicit games of chance, while also promising to send its own inspectors to assist officers.

“As a supervisor, the KSA has the expertise to recognise illegal games of chance, for example in the form of gambling columns or illegal poker tournaments,” it added. “If desired, the Ksa can prepare an expert report that can be used for the investigation.”

Last month, the KSA updated stakeholders in the industry on ‘provisional guidelines’ concerning its licencing process, which is expected to be officially open from 1 July 2020.

It provides guidance on core requirements approved by its upcoming licencing process, reminding operators that applications would cost € 45,000 each without any refund if a licence is not obtained by an operator.

Applicants may apply for four forms of B2C licences from July 2020–Casino Games, Sports Betting, Horseracing and P2P Casino Games (online poker).

 

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