The Dutch Games of Chance Authority (“KSA”) has published its decision to impose a EUR 200,000 fine on an online gambling operator for offering online gambling targeted to the Netherlands.

Investigations took place during June 2012 – October 2013, whereby the KSA became aware of the fact that several gambling websites owned by the operator involved were using Dutch language, offered iDeal as payment method and did not include ‘the Netherlands’ in a list with boycotted countries. Hence, such websites were cleary targeted to the Netherlands, which is prohibited under Dutch gambling law.

Even after a stern warning from the KSA, the operator involved did not leave the Dutch market, which made the KSA to decide to impose the highest fine in history. The reason behind this amount is the large number of games that were offered, the prizes that could be won and the fact that seven (!) websites were involved. The KSA hopes that this fine will have a deterrent effect to other illegal operators.

At present, operators that wish to be active on the Dutch market cannot apply for a license in the Netherlands. However, this will change soon in 2015 as the reformation of the Dutch games of chance market will become a fact.