Dutch Regulator Targets Illegal Gaming

The gambling regulator in the Netherlands, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has set out its new proposals that it hopes will enable the identification and removal of illegal games of chance in the Netherlands land-based gambling market.

The new plans are set to take effect in 2020 and will focus on the importance of more collaboration with local authorities throughout the Netherlands, with set targets to provide support for authorities. This will involve offering help at least 50 times over the course of the next year, which is a rise on the 35 times that they offered assistance to local bodies during 2019.

Explaining their proposals in an official statement, the KSA said that they were well placed to advise local authorities in this area:

“As a supervisor, the KSA has the expertise to recognise illegal games of chance, for example in the form of gambling columns or illegal poker tournaments. If desired, the Ksa can prepare an expert report that can be used for the investigation.”

Part of this support for local authorities, will include the KSA advising local authorities in how to devise checks designed to identity illegal games. It will also offer the help of its inspectors to assist local officers in their efforts to root out illegal activity.

The new plans come at a time of increased activity for the KSA. In November, they released what they described as ‘provisional guidance’ for the licensing process in the Netherlands online gambling sector. The process will get underway on July 1, 2020, and the guidance provides more clarity on what will be required of operators who want to enter the newly regulated market. Applications will attract a €45,000 fee that is non-refundable. Operators will also be able to seek four types of licenses, covering casino games, horseracing, online poker and sports betting.

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