What sanction decisions and fines has the KSA issued for casino and lotteries?

The KSA is the Dutch regulator of legal and illegal gambling. They deal with the following abuses. So this is more than just tackling illegal casinos. Even with the legal casinos and lotteries, the KSA keeps a close eye on everything to make sure they continue to comply with the rules. Where the law is often broken at legal providers is in the area of advertising. There are strict rules such as not actively approaching people under 24. This is where BET365 and Jacks recently went wrong, leading to a hefty fine.

What types of gamble sancyions do regulators deal with?

Gaming providers (casinos and lotteries) who fail to comply with the rules sometimes have to take action, or sanctions. We issue sanction orders. This is also how we inform players.

sanction decision
Combating illegal online gambling
From 1 October 2021, the Netherlands will have legal online bookmakers licensed by the Dutch Gaming Authority. All other online gambling for Dutch players is illegal.

Close to gambling terminals
In pubs, cafés and phone boxes, we found gambling machines: a computer with internet connection and special software that allowed players to bet on the result of a sports match. Gambling kiosks are banned.

approach online lottery or diplomacy
In illegal online lotteries, organisers often post messages in private groups on Facebook or Instagram. They offer prizes and sell lottery tickets. Unlicensed lotteries are prohibited.

Dealing with pyramid schemes
You can think of MLM this way: the player's profit depends on the number of new participants, and the player has to arrange this himself. Pyramid schemes are banned. Pyramid games are banned because they are unfair: only participants who enter the pyramid early can arrange enough new participants. For participants who enter the game later, there are not enough people new to the game. They get less or no income from new players' deposits.

How we deal with pyramid schemes
Amusement arcades often contain gaming machines with games of chance. There is one exception to the law for these machines: no licence is required. We see the risks of gambling addiction.

Tackling illegal poker
Poker is a casino game. By law, there may be 1 provider of casino games in the Netherlands. Holland Casino since 1975. If random people play poker together in a building for money, it is illegal. Sometimes the gaming authority confiscates goods whose owner is unknown. On this page, we publish an overview of all seizures.

What er the penalty decisions imposed in 2023?

Hillside New Media Malta Plc - 10 March 2023
The Gaming Authority has found that Hillside targeted advertising at young adults. In doing so, Hillside acted in breach of the Decree on the recruitment, advertising and addiction prevention of gambling. The Games of Chance Authority imposed a fine of €400,000.

Fines 3 March 2023

Probe Investments Limited - 3 March 2023
Probe offered online games of chance without a licence. The Games of Chance Authority imposes a fine of €1,128,000.

Betpoint Group Limited- 3 March 2023
Betpoint offered online gaming without a licence. The Games of Chance Authority imposes a fine of €1,787,000.

N1 Interactive Limited- 3 March 2023
N1 offered online gaming without a licence. The Games of Chance Authority imposes a fine of €12,640,000.

Videoslots Limited- 3 March 2023
Videoslots Limited offered online gaming without a licence. The Games of Chance Authority imposes a fine of €9,874,000.

Fairload Limited
Fairload offered online gaming without a licence. The Games of Chance Authority imposes a fine of €900,000.

Equinox Dynamic N.V. & Domiseda and Partners s.r.o. - 9 February 2023
Equinox Dynamic N.V. of Curacao and Domiseda and Partners s.r.o. of Slovakia offered online gambling via the website orienxpress.com without a licence. The Kansspelautoriteit is fining them both €900,000.

Bingoal Netherlands B.V.- 8 February 2023
Bingoal enabled participation in online gambling without checking players for registration in Cruks. The Gaming Authority imposes a fine of €350,000.

JOI Gaming Ltd- 25 January 2023
JOI Gaming Limited has advertising aimed at young adults. This contravenes the Decree on the recruitment, advertising and addiction prevention of gambling, the Games of Chance Authority imposes a fine of €400,000.

What are the fines of 2022?

Holland Casino N.V. on 2 December 2022
The gaming authority (Kansspelautoriteit (Ksa) enforced Holland Casino (HC) to stop advertising its land-based casino outlets on the site used to offer online gambling.

Toto Online B.V. on 25 November 2022
Sanction decision Toto Online B.V.

Nationale Postcode Loterij N.V. on 2 November 2022
Warning National Postcode Lottery N.V.

M.K.C Limited on 7 September 2022
Order under penalty clause M.K.C Limited

L.C.S Limited on 5 September 2022
Order for periodic penalty payment L.C.S Limited.

Gammix Limited on 11 July 2022
Gammix offered online gambling via several websites without a licence. The Gaming Authority imposed an order under penalty for this on 22 June 2022.

Red Ridge Marketing on 16 June 2022
Order under penalty clause Red Ridge Marketing.

Performing Media Limited on 1 February 2022
Charge under penalty clause Performing Media Limited.

Linkerik B.V. on 12 January 2022
The Gaming Authority has found that Linkerik B.V. advertises games of chance for which no licence has been granted. In doing so, Linkerik B.V. is acting in breach of the law. The Gaming Authority is imposing an order under penalty.

Onlinecasinobonus.nl
3 January 2022
The Kansspelautoriteit has found that the website Onlinecasinobonus.nl advertises games of chance for which no licence has been granted. In doing so, Onlinecasinobonus.nl is acting in breach of the law. The Games of Chance Authority is imposing an order for incremental penalty payments.

What does the KSA pay attention to when dealing with illegal casino offerings in the Netherlands?

In the past, the KSA has mainly focused on casinos that clearly target the Netherlands because they:

  • Speak Dutch support or live casino
  • Use a Dutch payment method
  • Use a .NL domain name
  • There are now some features that are also prioritised:
  • Number of Dutch players playing at suppliers
  • Offers games banned in the Netherlands

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