Kansspelautoreit accuses operator of accessing Dutch online punters without authorisation
Two subsidiaries of the German betting group Bet-At-Home have been issued with a total of Euro 410,000 in fines by Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoreit, which claims that the companies actively and without authority promoted online gambling services and products to Dutch residents, and allowed them to access company websites.
The regulator said an investigation commenced late last year following warnings to the company and evidence of television commercials targeting Dutch players.
Kansspelautoreit officials were able to open gambling accounts with the companies despite using IP addresses pertaining to the Netherlands, and could fund the accounts via a Dutch payment processor recommended by the websites
The fines are the latest to be issued following repeated warnings from the regulator that it will pursue and prosecute operators who violate Dutch gambling laws and regulations.
Bet-At-Home has not yet commented on the punishment, but the fines could prove contentious, given that Dutch online gambling legislation is yet to emerge from parliament.