The Dutch regulator de Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) fined Curaçao-based operator Raging Rhino €440,000 for illegally offering online gaming in the Netherlands.
The KSA discovered that Raging Rhino’s LuckyDays.com website was accessible to Dutch customers. It provided links to problem gambling help services in Dutch.
Furthermore, it enabled users to conduct transactions using the Dutch payment processing solution iDEAL. 224,630 transactions totaling more than €18 million were processed through iDEAL between May 1st and July 31st, 2020. Since then, no one in the Netherlands was able to access the site.
The KSA stated that online games of chance will remain illegal until the country’s regulated igaming market opens for business on October 1st.
René Jansen, the regulator’s chair, also issued a warning to prospective licensees about advertising in the regulated market.
He predicted that operators would naturally ramp up customer acquisition efforts as they compete for market share after launch. But he warned that excessive advertising could result in a public backlash and tighter regulations.