Netherlands to increase fines for illegal online gambling

6 December 2016

Dutch gambling regulatory body Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has announced that it is to introduce larger fines for illegal online gaming in the country.

Current gambling laws stipulate a maximum penalty of €150,000 ($161,400) for unlicensed online operators that target Dutch players.

However, under new regulations outlined by the KSA, brands that breach gaming laws in the Netherlands could now face a fine of up to €820,000, depending on the offence.

The stricter financial penalties will come into effect from January.

Although online gambling is currently illegal in the Netherlands, the country in July passed a bill to legalise the sector for the first time, and regulation could be introduced as early as next year.

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