Bet-At-Home Fined By Dutch Regulator

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Jul 13, 2018

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.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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