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This week the Netherlands' gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit shared that they've seized cash machines at "Cash Centers" in an attempt to crack down on illegal gambling occurring in the country.
The seizures took part in the cities of The Hague, Utrecht, Limburg, North Holland, and Brabant, and went down in an array of tea shops, snack bars, cafes, and stores. The link to illegal gambling comes in that the machines allow punters to withdraw and deposit into their online betting accounts through unregulated sites, which are illegal in the country.
An investigation into the machines has been ongoing since last year, and there are 14 people considered suspects in connection to the machines.
The Netherlands recently passed through legislation that will finally see online betting being regulated by the country, although this isn't set to go into effect until 2020 at the earliest. In the meantime, regulators have upped the fines on illegal sites and are working on operations such as this one to stop the activity from being so accessible.