The Dutch gambling authority (Kansspelautoriteit) fined companies offering online betting and casino / gambling games in the Netherlands a total of €3.5m in 2019, an increase of more than 50% the 2018 fine total. The Kansspelautoriteit explained that the rise is due to both a rise in the maximum fine (to €200,000) and a rise in the number offenders being penalized.
Holland Casino is the Netherlands’ only state-regulated gambling establishment. In the 2019 period, 10 companies were fined for offering online gambling services to Netherlands residents. One company was a repeat offender.
The Netherlands senate voted to open the gambling market to domestic and foreign gaming operators as early as 2021. Gambling firms will need to apply for a licence, and will be forced to pay gambling taxes at 29%, – one of the highest rates in Europe.
Most of the major European gambling groups have now been fined by the Dutch watchdog – so many of them will need to wait for a cooling period before their application can be accepted.