The Dutch Games of Chance Authority (“KSA”) announced that it will amend the amount of fines applicable to the illegal provision of online gambling as from 1 August 2015.
The basic amount – being the minimum fine that may be imposed – increases by 50%, from € 100,000 to € 150,000. This increased amount is applicable to all cases dealt with by the KSA as from 1 August 2015. Furthermore, this amount may either be increased in case of aggravating circumstances (e.g. a previous warning issued by the KSA), or reduced if there are mitigating circumstances (e.g. limited capacity of the offender). All will depend on the circumstances at hand.
Factors that will be taken into account by the KSA in determining an appropriate amount are, amongst other things, the number of illegal websites involved, the maximum prize that can be won and the number of games offered. In any case, the amount must be sufficiently deterrent for both the offender (special prevention) as well as potential offenders (general prevention).
For reasons of transparency, the KSA will publish detailed fining policy rules on the website soon.