The Kansspelautoriteit (Ksa) has imposed a fine of 440,000 euros on the Curaçao-based company Raging Rhino. This company offered games of chance to Dutch players via the website luckydays.com.
Research by the Ksa showed that the site of Raging Rhino was accessible from the Netherlands, that the payment method iDEAL, which is common in the Netherlands, was used and that the site referred to an online platform that offers help with addiction, among other things, in the Dutch language. In the period from May 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020, 224,630 transactions were processed via iDEAL from Dutch bank accounts for a total of over 18 million euros.
Prohibited without authorization
Offering gambling is only allowed with a license. Currently it is not yet possible in the Netherlands to offer gambling legally via the Internet. That is about to change. On April 1, the Act on Distance Gaming (Wet Kansspelen op afstand – Koa) came into effect. Companies that meet all the stringent requirements and receive a license, may offer online gambling from 1 October 2021.