The Dutch gambling watchdog has announced it will monitor 25 gambling sites. This the KSA said is a move to ensure all unlicensed operators don't accept Dutch customers. Operators that have failed to block access for players from the Netherlands are risking sanctions.
Unlicensed Operators Risk Further Sanctions
The KSA said monitoring the 25 sites aims to find out whether unregulated sites still accept Dutch gamblers. If the regulator finds that they do, sanctions will apply.
But the Dutch gambling watchdog isn't going after the operators only. Advertisers promoting the site as well as payment providers among other third parties risk sanctions.
The monitoring follows after a raft of changes by the KSA to unlicensed gambling. This is after the country launched its regulated iGaming market on October 1.
Before that, operators only had to avoid targeting Dutch customers. The new regulations require iGaming sites to block all Dutch gamblers.
Major Operators Block Dutch Customers
The market launch saw several top operators announce their plans to block all customers from the country. Entain led the way saying the move would see it lose €5 euros in EBITDA.
Kindred is also among the major operators to block Dutch customers. It said doing so will result in a €12 million loss in EBITDA.
Other major operators to close the curtains on Dutch customers are:
But the regulator notes that several operators still accept customers. This is despite the new regulations. But the regulator is popular for its firm decisions. One of the operators familiar with the regulator’s firmness is Tipico. This was after it was slapped with a €530,000 fine for targeting Dutch customers. But the operator denied all wrongdoing.
Operators Should Redirect Customers to Licensed Platforms
The KSA stated a legal offering now exists with no gray areas. Therefore, it’s the operator’s responsibility to redirect players to licensed platforms.
A statement by the gambling watchdog said the changes in the policy amending the Gambling Act allow operators to offer games of chance via the internet. This then allows gamblers to enjoy their favorite games in a safe environment. An environment where there’s plenty of attention on gambling addiction.
No Room for Misinterpretation in the Law
The KSA made things even simpler to avoid misinterpretation of the law. It’s now asking operators to suspend full access of their platforms to the jurisdiction. The regulator commented saying the gambling industry in the Netherlands continues to experience constant change. Online gambling is a particular area of concern. And the regulator demands even stringent measures.
The Netherlands has 10 licensed iGaming operators. Bet365, Play North Ltd, and Tombola are among the licensed operators. Others are:
- Holland Casino NV
- Nederlandse Loterij
- TOTO Online
- FPO Nederland
- LiveScore Malta
The regulator expects another 40 license applications. But it expects to grant licenses to 35 of them. However, the gambling watchdog said it received 28 applications as of April 1.