Kansspelautoriteit Takes Action Against Unlicensed Online Gambling Operator in the Netherlands
The Kansspelautoriteit (Ksa), the Dutch Gambling Authority, has issued a formal warning with a penalty for Blue High House S.A. for offering games of chance.
Blue High House does not possess a license to operate in the Netherlands, thus violating the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act (Wet op de kansspelen, Wok). The Ksa is calling on Blue High House to immediately cease this illegal operation and to refrain from resuming it. Failure to comply will result in a weekly penalty of €43,000, with a maximum limit of €129,000.
Targeting Illegal Operators
The Ksa makes its decisions to investigate illegal operators based on various factors, including the estimated number of Dutch visitors.
Blue High House came to the attention of the Ksa due to its significant player base. Subsequent investigations revealed that this operator is providing illegal games of chance on multiple websites, specifically targeting the Netherlands.
The Ksa will actively monitor compliance with the cease-and-desist order, and any identified violations will result in sanctions, such as fines.
Promoting Safe Play
The provision of online games of chance to Dutch players is only permissible with a license from the Ksa. Stringent regulations and requirements are in place to ensure a safe and legal offering that guarantees fair gameplay and safeguards against gambling addiction.
Blue High House’s unlicensed operation poses a risk to player protection and undermines the integrity of the regulated market in the Netherlands.
The Ksa’s action against Blue High House S.A. demonstrates the authority’s commitment to enforcing the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act and safeguarding Dutch consumers from unlicensed and potentially unsafe gambling operators. The penalty imposed serves as a deterrent to unlicensed operators, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the regulations and obtaining the necessary licenses to operate legally in the Netherlands.