A couple of weeks ago an illegal poker tournament took place in Wassenaar, on the Van Bellesteynweg. The Gambling Authority (Ksa) discovered this after receiving an anonymous tip that an illegal poker tournament may have been organized in the building. The Ksa started an investigation and found enough reason to enter the house, together with the police. What happened?
Illegal poker tables
In the house the police and the Ksa found poker tables and game material. In total there were thirteen people present, including the organizer of the tournament. He’s a 52-year old man living in Wassenaar. The police arrested the man, who also resided in the building. The man is suspected of violating the Gambling Act and all the money and game material that was present in the building has been confiscated.
Lack of supervision and other problems
Currently there is a lack of supervision when it comes to illegal gambling. Vulnerable gamers, such as minors, are not protected very well. This increases the chance of developing a gambling addiction. Underage gambling is also prohibited in the Netherlands, but it happens way too often. There is also no guarantee of fair play in the illegal gambling sector. No one knows exactly how much money flows, but it’s usually a lot. People who bet money illegally can do this unregistered. Sometimes they also use illegal gambling to launder criminal money. Perhaps a new gambling law in the Netherlands, which was recently approved by the Dutch Senate, can end these activities.