Netherlands Clamps Down On Offshore Online Gambling Operators

Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017 -
Netherlands Clamps Down On Offshore Online Gambling Operators

The Netherlands took time to form a set of rules for online gambling participation and is now fine tuning those regulations. Measures have been announced to strengthen regulations in the Netherlands. Online gambling operators use links from Netherlands located web domains to access sites from offshore offerings. More stringent guidelines, which will come into effect from June 1 that will focus on operators targeting the Dutch gambling market.

Regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) have urged international gambling operators to block IP traffic from Dutch internet users and stop the processing of payment transactions relating to online gambling on their sites from any Dutch located bank. New industry guidance recommendations relating to national advertising and marketing standards for internet betting in the Netherlands were introduced earlier this year. A few months ago the KSA restricted advertising on all online gambling advertisements in print, digital, TV,  radio and other media in the country. It is legal for Dutch residents to gamble online, but only on websites hosted in the Netherlands.

An investigation was announced dealing with the use of the internet for gambling by minors in the Netherlands. In a statement KSA Vice Chairman Henk Kesler said: "That minors can participate in online gambling is unacceptable."

Regulating online betting in the Netherlands has taken years and the Upper House of Parliament is considering the Remote Gaming (KOA) bill which focuses on a regulate online gambling market.

The KSA has also stated that international online gambling operators that fail to comply with the new regulations will be blacklisted by IP providers and give up any rights to apply for Dutch online gambling licences when the country decides to fully regulate the industry.

The Netherlands like other countries that have attempted to stop illegal internet betting found it's almost impossible to police with as many as 450 online gambling websites still accepting bets from Dutch residents.

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