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large, land-based betting groups also faced big action as well. 41 facilities offering slots had their gaming licenses withdrawn, many of which hadn't paid fines or faced regulatory failures.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