The Kansspelautoriteit, the gaming authority which governs the Netherlands, has levied additional penalties for offering customers within the country, games of chance.
Stressing that “online gambling is currently prohibited Royal Panda and LeoVegas are the two companies that fell foul of the KSA, with fines of € 400,000 and € 350,000 respectively, handed out.
This follows work carried out by the authority during the second half of last year and the early stages of 2019, which shows that both Royal Panda and LeoVegas “despite this prohibition, still focused on the Netherlands with their offer.”
The KSA first stressed that the websites of both firms were accessible with a Dutch IP address, offering explanations of actions that constituted the collection of the two penalty fees.
In addition, paying with the Dutch iDEAL payment method was also possible on both platforms, stressing that various games of chance were offered on the companies ‘ pages, including casino names, digital slot machines and sports betting.
These are the latest penalties levied by the KSA following last month’s enforcement of a € 400,000 penalty on TSG Interactive Gaming Europe for providing customers in the country with the ability to play poker through the pokerstars.eu website.
Considered by the Netherlands Supreme Court as a game of chance in 1998, only Holland Casino is allowed to allow real-money poker play at one of its physical locations, with all other virtual or online offerings illegal.
The regulator commented in a media statement to amend the imminent change in Dutch law:
” In February this year, the Senate passed the Remote Gambling Act (Koa). The law is currently being worked out in more detail. It will soon be possible to obtain a license under strict conditions for offering games of chance via the internet. Supervision is then possible, allowing players to play protected.
“The Ksa takes action against illegal gambling providers because there is no check on the fairness of the game. It is also impossible to check whether vulnerable groups, such as minors, are being excluded from participation.”