Dutch regulator issues record fine to Titanbet.com operator
Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit has issued its largest-ever fine to Imperial E-Club, operator of Playtech subsidiary Titanbet.com, after it was found to have been targeting customers in the country without a Dutch gaming licence.
The fine of €200,000 ($246,398) is the largest to have been issued to a single online gaming operator by the gambling regulatory body.
Kansspelautoriteit first issued the fine in February of this year, but Titanbet.com attempted to gain an injunction from the Dutch courts to prevent the fine from being publicised.
However, it has now been revealed that the Titanbet.com sportsbook, as well as associated online casino brands Casinotropez.com, Europeacasino.com and Vegasred.com, had targeted customers in the Netherlands by offering Dutch language options on their websites and in advertising materials.
Kansspelautoriteit, which said it had been investigating the Imperial E-Club brands since June 2012, found such brands had been accepting Dutch consumer payments via the Dutch arm of the PayPal payment processing service.
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