bwin Hit with €350k Fine for Serving Dutch Casino Players
Posted at: 08 August 2019
In an update published on its website on August 7, the Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) announced that it has levied a €350,000 penalty fine on ElectraWorks Ltd. – a GVC subsidiary, running the bwin.com casino brand.
bwin was found to be providing a broad range of gambling services on the territory of the Netherlands where international casino operators are not allowed to operate. Further evidence includes the use of iDeal – a popular payment method among Dutch players.
The KSA determined a base penalty amounting to €150k, but doubled the fine due to the large number of forbidden gambling services Dutch customers had access to. Another €50k was added because of bwin’s policy of charging an administrative fee for dormant accounts that haven’t been used for more than a year. According to KSA, such a fee was an “unacceptable disadvantage” to players.
The bwin penalty is just another demonstration of KSA’s determination to curb illegal gambling. The Netherlands has recently opened up the market for international operators, but licenses are yet to be issued. Expectations are that roughly 90 operators will be given the nod to operate legally. The KSA is currently crafting new gambling rules and the first licensed casino sites are expected to launch in 2021.