The Netherlands' gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit announced that they've dropped the hammer and shuttered an illegal bingo operation in the town of Dordrecht.
The bingo hall was known as "Dordtse Queens", and was reportedly very popular among the local populace, as they hosted hundreds of people during certain events. The operation also allegedly said that minors were allowed to gamble during these events.
An investigation into the operation found that the hall was advertising on Facebook, and were offering different prizes during the events. KSA agents attended an event and conducted a raid. There were 200 people in attendance, and the regulator took prizes like bags, shoes, and clothing into custody.
In a statement regarding the raid, the KSA noted: "KSA sees that people are not always aware of the rules surrounding bingos and lotteries. For bingo, participation in illegal bingo is in principle also punishable and minors are not allowed to participate in any case. Organisers of illegal lotteries and bingos also risk a high fine."
The KSA has been active in regulating the gaming market recently, with the body fining online gaming groups for offering services to Dutch players. This stance has now shifted back to clamping down on illegal land-based venues.