Dutch casinos have to comply with strict regulation. Oranje Casino and Kroon Casino recently experienced what happens when gambling rules are violated. Corona Ltd, the company behind both casinos, was fined by the Dutch Gambling Authority. It was required to pay 300.000 euros! A good warning to other gambling companies thinking that rules don’t apply to them.
The online gaming hall of Kroon Casino was not a big success. Perhaps it was already a sign of the problems to come. As a player you could take a gamble with a limited amount of automatic Roulette and Blackjack games. There were no dice slots or dice games though. This was one of the reasons for Betsson to take the Belgian version of the casino offline. Oranje Casino had some problems as well, because of financial problems. It ended up at the so-called ‘black list’ of the Gambling Commission and was only removed from it when the owners paid a fine.
Although Corona Limited often communicated with the Dutch Gambling Authority between 2012 and 2014, it still had to pay a fine. The Gambling Commission concluded that Corona Limited provided illegal online games of chance. There were several reasons to fine the company. First, the Gambling Authority received several reports from customers about Kroon Casino and Oranje Casino. For example, a gambling addict reported that there were problems with the deposit limit of Kroon Casino. For the Dutch Gambling Authority, this was more than enough reason to impose a huge fine.
Betsson goes to court
The owner of Corona Ltd is Betsson. It took over Oranje Casino and Kroon Casino in 2014 for 130 million euros. Obviously Betsson doesn’t like the Dutch gambling policy and it has often contacted the media to complain about it. In a press release Betsson stated that it will challenge the decision of the Gambling Authority. First before a judge and, if necessary, at the European Court. Not so long ago Betsson already proceeded against the Dutch Gambling Authority. However, Betsson lost because the judge did not see a practical example to speak against. The current fine of 300.000 euros is a practical example, and this is why Betsson will try again.
Dutch government promises a modern gambling law
If a visit to the European Court does take place, it will not be the first time that the Dutch gambling law is discussed in Europe. In the past the European Commission started an infringement procedure against the Netherlands. It said that the selection of games did not comply with European treaties. However, the infringement procedure was suspended after the Dutch government promised that it will modernize its gambling policies. The current Dutch Gambling Law was implemented in 1964, more than fifty years ago. The promised modernization hasn’t happened as of today. Will it happen? Time will tell.