A whooping €450,000 Fine On Casino.com By Dutch Gambling Regulator

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The gaming authority of Netherlands known as the  Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), recently has made it clear that they were really into fighting the illegal gambling. To prove their desire of fighting illegal online gambling and savingthe rights of the citizen of Netherlands, the gaming authority of Netherlands has fined the Casino.com and its parent company, Onisac Limited, in the amount of €450,000 (over US $508,000).

As for online gambling, there are different pieces of law being administered everyday. Since this sector is relatively new and bloomed quickly, it became a challenge for the lawmakers to cope up with. Right now the Dutch law states that online games of chance are only permitted if a licence is granted, however the current Betting and Gaming Act offers no possibility for this. After many years of debate, online gambling was finally given the survival arc in February 2019 through the Remote Gambling Bill, which was originally proposed in 2016.

The fine relates to the activities of the Casino.com site, which was censured for targeting Dutch consumers – with igaming prohibited in the Netherlands until licences are issued under the Remote Gaming Act – and for charging customers unreasonable administration costs.

The main purpose of assaulting with the fine was to alert the Dutch citizens about the horrors of the offshore online gambling because such fines are often levied and are rather a warning at all. Since the website is not in compliance with the Dutch terms and conditions as the KSA sees it through, the Dutch citizens and the Casino.com, both are warned.

“Tackling illegal online gambling is a priority of the KSA, as laid down in the [agency’s] 2018-2019 Surveillance Agenda. There is no control over a fair game, measures to prevent gambling addiction and participation by minors.”

Onisac, based in Gibraltar, appears to have finally blocked access to Casino.com to Dutch online punters, according to the KSA statement.

The total fine of 450,000 euros can be broken down to these three compartments –

Firstly a fine amounting to €200,000 was levied for offering games of chance online and making them available for Dutch players. This is the first compartment of the fine stating the availability of the games of chances to the dutch citizens resulted in a 200,000 fine. Secondly another hammer strike of €200,000 fine for doing this again. Casino.com has a history with it since this not being the first time, since the KSA already had implied a fine on Onisac and Casino.com back in 2013 . Lastly, The KSA also imposed a €50,000 euro fine was because Onisac and Casino.com charged “administrative fees” that the KSA found to unreasonable and excessive

“This is a repeat offender,” KSA chair René Jansen said. “That makes the offence especially bad, and is grounds for doubling the fine.”

Since the KSA is passionate to turn down the illegal online gambling activities, we can soon be seeing IP addresses of Netherlands residents unable to access the illegal offshore online platforms.

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