Netherlands Laid Down €3.5 Million in Fines in 2019

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The Netherlands gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit issued a total of €3.5 million in fines during 2019, a record high for the country.

The fines represent a total of more than double the €1.7 million in fines issued in 2018. The company fined the likes of PokerStars, Unibet, LeoVegas, 1xBet, and all got fines in the six-figure range, as the regulator found that the companies all were targeting Dutch players. The Netherlands has regulated online gambling, but licenses aren't being issued until 2020, and the activity won't go live until 2021.

While these online fines were large, land-based betting groups also faced big action as well. 41 facilities offering slots had their gaming licenses withdrawn, many of which hadn't paid fines or faced regulatory failures.

Those who want to participate in the newly regulated market will likely have to pay their fines before they're granted gaming licenses.

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31 December 2019 - 10:47pm

How about to check as well the sotware providers and how they link to the casinos and costumers? Casinos, they say they have no influence over the spins, etc... all is generated by the providers but i don't belive it. They should have control over all.

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14 January 2020 - 7:16pm

What can I's been a good year for the Dutch regulator apparently..and maybe not so for the fined operators... they''ll just hope 2020 wouldn't double again the size of the sanctions as the tendentious were in the previous year I guess.