In the Netherlands, the regulator warns players about blocking illegal casinos


The Netherlands Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit, KSA) has warned consumers about the imminent blocking of unlicensed websites operating in the local market. The authority issued a warning to consumers stating that access to illegal sites in the country will soon be completely closed.

KSA continues to strengthen measures to combat shadow operators in order to protect licensed representatives of local gambling, as well as take steps to ensure consumer protection. Back on October 1, the authority adopted a regulation on gambling regulation, announcing that illegal sites will no longer be able to count on Dutch customers. The measures that the agency will take include blocking domain names and financial transactions, as well as a significant increase in fines for violating the relevant law.

KSA also reports the discovery of 25 illegal websites that have been ordered to cease all operations in the Dutch market. In addition, the shutdown threatens any site that has applied but has not yet received a license.

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In the Netherlands, the regulator warns players about blocking illegal casinos

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After the official launch of the Dutch online gambling market, the regulator granted only 11 gambling licenses to foreign and local operators. Another 18 did not receive the permission they had hoped for.

Representatives of the authority noted that several leading brands failed to follow the “rule of silence” mandatory for potential licensees. The regulator assumes that while waiting for a permit to operate, operators should not take actions to self-promote or otherwise interact with Dutch consumers.

Among those who have not received a license are Kindred Group, Betsson, Entain and LeoVegas. Each of these operators will make another attempt to enter the legal field by April 2022.

Changes in the legislation of the Netherlands led to the fact that the country’s Gambling Authority moved to a new office in The Hague. The regulatory body has doubled the number of staff by expanding its gambling control units in the Netherlands.

Recall that the Duma has introduced a new mechanism to combat illegal gambling.

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