Unibet Hit with Six Figure Penalty for Serving Dutch Players
Posted at: 21 August 2019
In an update, published on its website on Monday, Aug 19, the Netherlands gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) announced that it imposed a €470k penalty on Kindred’s subsidiary Trannel International Ltd. The company violated the 1964 Gambling Act and offered casino and sports betting services to Dutch players between August – December 2019.
During that time, Dutch players had access to online gambling services through unibet.eu. They were able to make deposits via the popular payment method iDeal, and communicate with the customer support agents in Dutch. In addition, the Netherlands was not listed as a restricted jurisdiction on the Terms and Condition page.
In a statement released by Kindred, the company says that “[it] respects any requests from the Dutch regulator and is fully compliant with the rules set out by the Ministry of Justice and Security earlier this year” and “remains committed to having a constructive dialogue with the regulator and other stakeholders”.
In February 2019, the Dutch Senate passed a bill that would replace the 1964 Gambling Act and allow international operators to operate legally on the territory of the country. The first licenses are expected in early 2021, and Kindred has already declared its ambitions to obtain such. However, the KSA is readying restrictions for previous violators, so Kindred might have to wait for two years before being able to apply for a Dutch license.
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