Kansspelautoriteit fines two online gambling operators

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Kansspelautoriteit fines two online gambling operators

The Dutch gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has imposed fines totaling €294,000 on LCS Limited and Blue High House for continuing to accept Dutch players.

LCS Limited was previously fined in 2022 for its sons-of-slots.com site after receiving a cease and desist order. However, an inspection in October 2023 revealed that LCS was still offering unlicensed gaming through a new site, yugibet.com. As a result, the KSA has imposed an additional fine of €165,000 on LCS Limited.

Blue High House was fined €129,000 for its site concreteline.ag. The KSA noted that if Blue High House fails to cease accepting Dutch players, further fines may be imposed. This action underscores the KSA’s commitment to enforcing regulations and protecting Dutch players from unlicensed gambling activities.

KSA chairman René Jansen said:

An order subject to a penalty is more than a warning to an illegal provider. Illegal providers who do not take the correct measures to block Dutch players will be dealt with harshly by the KSA and will feel this where it affects them most, in their wallets.

Last week, Jansen announced the Dutch gambling regulator’s plan to establish a new Online Duty of Care Department as a temporary measure. This specialized department will focus exclusively on ensuring online gambling operators fulfill their duty of care.

Speaking at the Gaming in Holland event in Amsterdam, Jansen revealed that the KSA will hire 10 to 15 new staff members to manage the department, which will begin operations on September 1.

The department’s launch is in response to incidents of excessive gambling, highlighting operators’ failures to meet their duty of care. Jansen emphasized that the new Online Duty of Care Department will take swift and decisive action, including issuing warning letters, fines, and other sanctions against companies that fail to comply.