The Dutch gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has contacted Facebook about shutting down an illegal Bingo group that was based in the Netherlands. This is the second time over the last few months that the KSA has had to shut down such a group.
The Facebook group, Dordtse Queens, was offering illegal gambling services to players in the Netherlands and elsewhere. The page had nearly 10,000 members, including some under the age of 18.
The group was run by a total of 8 administrators. These people also use their own personal Facebook feeds to attract more customers. They would advertise illegal bingo games which were not regulated.
Once they had been alerted to the issue, the KSA immediately contacted Facebook to request the removal of the group. Following this, Facebook removed six pages that had links with the Dordtse Queens group.
The KSA is clamping down on these kinds of illegal groups. This is the second time an incident has occurred in the last four months. In September, the authority had to reach out to Facebook regarding Luxury Bingo and BSB Shop. These two operators were both using the platform to illegally promote their products.
One of the reasons KSA will be eager to keep an eye on such things is the recent opening of the Dutch regulated market. The Netherlands opened its doors at the start of October 2021, with KSA handing out 10 licenses to operators. This included names like Bet365, Tombola, and Holland Casino, with many other top names also applying for the license.
The launch was met with a few issues, including a problem with the country’s self-exclusion scheme. This led to a delay of several days and the issue being raised in the Dutch parliament. This problem has since been resolved.
The launch of the market has also meant that the KSA has had to carry out checks on all areas of the industry to make sure that everything complies with the new legislation. All slot machines in the Netherlands were subject to testing throughout October and November, capping off what has been a busy 2021 for the KSA.