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Dutch Police and the KSA Raid and Shut Down Three Illegal Casinos
The Dutch gaming regulator has again unleashed its wrath on illegal gambling in the country. According to the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), three illegal casinos were offering gambling services. However, with the help of the police, all three casinos in Venlo city were shut down.
The Dutch Police and KSA Raid Close Three Illegal Casino Operators
The Dutch gaming regulator, KSA, together with the police, conducted raids at a café as well an adjoining premise in the Netherlands southeast city of Venlo. As a result of the raid, the police and KSA seized a Rolex and over €12,000 in cash. Furthermore, 19 illegal slot gaming machines were confiscated by the regulator. They were later destroyed. According to the regulator, one of the slot machines had a €100,000 monthly turnover.
The raids also saw 22 people found within the premises but two of these people were arrested for suspected money laundering. Antoin Scholten, Venlo’s Mayor, spoke on the matter, saying that combating illegal gambling is crucial for Venlo. According to the Mayor, doing so will go a long way in protecting its young people. The Mayor went ahead to affirm that they won’t give criminals a chance to launder money and that they will dismantle all breeding grounds used for drug trafficking.
He also said that those criminal activities are the sources of nuisance and unrest in the city, and that action against them will continue.
KSA Unrelenting on its Fight Against Illegal Gaming
The Dutch gaming watchdog has been unrelenting in its fight against illegal gambling. Apart from the raids in Venlo, the regulator was it a week before, raiding homes in Spain and the Netherlands.
The Netherlands raids focused on Velsen, a northern municipality where the regulator seized two high-end cards, paperwork, jewelry, and money. According to the KSA, the raids were conducted in conjunction with other relevant authorities such as the Fiscal Information and Investigation Service, the Public Prosecution Service, the Velsen Municipality by the Regional Information and Expertise Center North Holland, and Tax Authorities.
In addition to the raids, the regulator investigated two Curacao companies. The two companies are now under further scrutiny by the Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration.
That’s not all! Just recently KSA fined Raging Rhino, a Curacao-based company found guilty of offering illegal gambling services in the country. For this infraction, Raging Rhino was slapped with a €440,000 fine. According to the regulator, investigations revealed that LuckyDays.com, the casino brand run by Raging Rhino accepted Dutch customers. Furthermore, the site used iDEAL, a Dutch payment processor.
From its investigations, the Dutch watchdog found that there were 224,630 transactions totaling over €18 million processed by iDEAL. This was from May 1 and July 31, 2020. The site has since been blocked in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands Opens IGaming License Application
After numerous delays, the Netherlands began accepting iGaming license applications on April 1. This goes in line with the Remote Gambling Act that was to go live in July of 2020 but faced delays three times.
According to the KSA, it expects over 40 applications but it will only approve about 35 as it prepares for the official launch of the iGaming market on 1st October. But even as the country prepares to welcome iGaming, there’s little interest from Dutch customers. This is according to a survey conducted by the Netherlands Online Gaming Association.