Dutch Regulator turns up the heat on Curacao Operators

By Simon Wright, Last updated May 25, 2021

The Dutch gambling regulator the KSA (Kansspelautoriteit) have taken action against the Curacao based iGaming operator Raging Rhino ( not to be confused with the slot! ), fining them €440,000 for allowing players from the Netherlands to access and play at the site luckydays.com which they own and operate.

After research and investigations carried out, the KSA found that the Raging Rhino site was accessible from the Netherlands and that players resident in the country were able to open an account at the casino.

Furthermore the KSA also identified that using the payment method iDEAL which is popular in Holland, players were subsequently able to fund their accounts.

The KSA have also found that during the period between 1 May 2020 to 31 July 2020, over 200,000 transactions totalling in excess of €18m were processed via iDEAL from Dutch bank accounts.

On 1st April this year the Remote Gambling Act came into effect in Holland. It is currently illegal to offer games of chance via the internet in the Netherlands. However, the introduction of the Remote Gambling Act has now made it possible for operators to apply for a licence to be able to legally do so.

From 1st October 2021, any operator that has been granted a licence by the KSA will be able to operate in Holland.

Reiterating their stance against illegal operators operating in Holland and the action they have taken against the Curacao based operator Raging Rhino, René Jansen who is the chairman of the board at the KSA said: “This requires us to take a strict approach to illegal offers, now and also after October 1st later this year.”

The KSA have further reported that Raging Rhino have paid the fine levied against them and that their site luckydays.com is now no longer accessible from the Netherlands.

Simon Wright

Simon Wright has been both a player and an observer of the online casino industry for over 15 years. His knowledge of the online casino industry – to include sports is massive. Not many folks have the experience or his knowledge about online gambling. His adoration of football is also noted. He has painted his house blue (Chelsea) and annoys his neighbors with local football songs on game days.

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