During 2018 the Netherlands gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit issued a record €1.7 million in fines to unlicensed online casino groups offering services in the country.
In total, the regulator issued €1,709,800 in fines for operators last year, which is almost double the amount issued in 2017 and four times the amount doled out in 2016. The rise in fines comes after the regulator made the choice to clamp down on online betting sites that don't adhere to the country's requirement to block Dutch players from sites or offer information in the Dutch language.
Most of the fines levied came against Betsson, Bet-at-Home, Mr Green, and William Hill, as they are the largest operators that were intentionally targeting players within the country. While the fines have been issued, it's unlikely that any of that money has been collected thus far. Most operators that were fined have appealed the case, and others will likely ignore the action.
The Netherlands is looking to liberalize the online gaming market, as internet betting is largely considered illegal. While most other European countries have made progress, the Netherlands has stalled, as lawmakers cannot come to an agreement on laws.
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