Dutch Gaming Authority Unveils New Scheme For Slots In Catering

Details regarding a new approach have been revealed by the Dutch Gaming Authority, Kansspelautoriteit, where municipalities, a town or district with a local government can check where a gaming machine attendance permit has rightly been issued to a catering firm.

The implementation of the method results from a large-scale test at the end of 2018 on 70 catering sites with slot machines, with the goal of ensuring that minors are unable to play at these sites.

The KSA has drawn up a list of catering locations for a number of municipalities which may mistakenly have a slot machine presence permit.

Chairman of the board of directors of the Ksa René Jansen, said: “Our people found constructions that can hardly pass for the term separation. Sometimes it was just a wooden wall. This is an undesirable situation, young people should not come into contact with games of chance.

“Their brains are still developing, which makes them extra vulnerable to gambling addiction. When they are young, but that also has consequences in later life.”

KSA acknowledged that numerous snack bars and other catering facilities have slot machines that are open to everyone, but according to the legislation there must be ‘sufficient separation’  between places where anyone can come and a place where only adults are allowed entry.

Catering outlets around the world reopened to the public on June 1 with access to slot machines in arcades and Dutch casinos facilities not yet protected by COVID-19 relaxing initiatives.

KSA issued two fines totalling nearly € 100,000 in February of this year due to the operations of gaming machines without a licence.

The two fines for operating 45 slot machines without a licence in an entertainment centre in the municipality of Schinveld were issued to Schinveld BV, approximately €86,000, and €11,000 to four cafés in Amsterdam and the surrounding area for operating gaming machines without a licence.