Netherlands Court Orders Bwin, PokerStars to Pay Gambling Losses

This week the Overijssel District Court issued a ruling that ordered gaming operators bwin and PokerStars to pay back €450,000 in losses that were racked up by two Dutch gamblers who played at the sites before online gaming was regulated in the country.

One player from the town of Staphorst lost €187,000 at bwin between 2018 and 2019, while a separate player from the town of Almelo lost €217,000 at PokerStars between 2006 and 2021. As there wasn't any regulation at the time of these losses, both operators were offering services without a licence in the country.

The order found that the agreements between the betting operators and the players was invalid because of the lack of gaming licences by both operators. Because of this, the companies were ordered to repay the losses of both gamblers.

Benzy Loonstein, a laywer working on behalf of players commented, noting: "We have been working intensively on this for a year and a half now. The gambling companies clearly ignored their duty of care. I assist clients who have gambled away their deceased parents' inheritance in a few days or whose savings account that was intended for their old age has disappeared. Such stories are very poignant. These are situations that the gambling companies are not aware of.

"Yet these stories were not decisive for the court. They made a purely factual ruling: there was no licence for the Dutch market and therefore the agreement with each customer was annulled."

No comment from either company or information about whether they plan to appeal the case was made publicly available at press time.

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18 May 2024 - 11:50pm

Wow thats actually a crazy report, i didnt know this was an on going thing

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