The KSA imposes €300,000 in fines for unlicensed gambling

The KSA imposes €300,000 in fines for unlicensed gambling

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The KSA imposes €300,000 in fines for unlicensed gambling

The Dutch gambling regulator is collecting penalties from two companies totaling nearly €300,000.

LCS Limited has been fined an extra €165,000, following a €2.074 million fine charged by the regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) in October 2023.

The KSA claimed that during a re-inspection of the business in October 2023, it was discovered that LCS’ Yugibet was providing games of chance without a license. The initial violation involved LCS’ Son of Slots platform.

In another case, Blue High House was fined €129,000 by the regulator.

The KSA said:
“Blue High House was imposed an order subject to penalty in October 2023 for offering illegal games of chance via the concreteline.ag website. This offence has not stopped; the website still gives Dutch players the opportunity to gamble, although there is no Dutch licence. That is why this charge, amounting to €129,000, is now also being collected. In addition, a fine may also be imposed here.”

The two businesses will pay a total of €294,000 in fines.

René Jansen, KSA chairman, said:

“An order subject to a penalty is more than a warning to an illegal provider. “Illegal providers who do not take the right measures to ban Dutch players will be dealt with harshly by the KSA and will feel this where it affects them most, in their wallets.”

Following the October 2023 penalty ruling for LCS, the company’s attorneys said that they will be filing an appeal. According to the legal team, the business left the Dutch market on September 14, 2022, and it hasn’t returned. The fine, according to the reps, is related to a single unintentional violation that happened in the beginning of 2022, following which it took “immediate, decisive action” to stop Dutch clients from registering on its websites.

The legal team went on to state that it proves the estimated data that the KSA claims the punishment is based on are “wrong,” and it strongly opposes the KSA’s calculation methodology.

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