Dutch gambling regulator imposes €300,000 fine on William Hill, operator to “definitely” appeal the punitive action
British bookmaker William Hill has become the latest of a growing list of operators to be slapped a hefty fine by the Dutch gaming authority, Kansspelautoriteit.
In a Friday statement, the regulatory body announced that it has decided to impose a €300,000 fine on the gambling company after the completion of a probe into its activity in the Netherlands. Kansspelautoriteit explained that it has found out that Dutch players were able to access williamhill.com and to play casino games and bet on different sports on the website. Two mobile apps were also found to have been available to Dutch gamblers.
Kansspelautoriteit went on to say that there was customer support available in Dutch and that customers were able to transfer money to and from their William Hill gambling accounts via the locally popular online payment service provider iDEAL.
The gambling regulator said that William Hill was imposed the hefty penalty due to the fact that it operated in the Netherlands without holding the necessary license. Kansspelautoriteit also pointed out that while the British bookmaker had a license from Gibraltar that allowed it to operate in various international markets, that license was not valid in the Netherlands.
The country is currently in the process of authorizing the re-organization of its online gambling market. The so-called Remote Gambling Bill was passed in the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament in the summer of 2016. The piece needs approval from the Senate, as well, but has stuck in the upper house of the Parliament for the past two and a half years making little progress.
If and when eventually approved, the bill would amend the Dutch gambling law in a manner that would allow interested international operators to apply for a license from Kansspelautoriteit and operate in a regulated environment.
William Hill to Appeal the Fine
A William Hill spokesperson told iGamingBusiness that the company will “definitely be appealing against the fine.” Earlier this year, the British bookmaker was slapped another, heftier fine, from the UK Gambling Commission. The gambling regulator fined William Hill £6.2 million for money laundering prevention failures and other violations of the terms of its license.
The major gambling operator has been the latest of a plethora of fellow companies to have been penalized by Kansspelautoriteit over the past year. They were all imposed fines for failing to prevent Dutch gamblers from accessing and gambling on their websites.
Earlier this year, Malta-headquartered online gambling operators Mr Green and Betsson were both fined by Kansspelautoriteit within a few days. Betsson received a €300,000 penalty, while Mr Green was slapped a €312,000 one. Both companies said that they would move to appeal the regulator’s punitive actions.
While Kansspelautoriteit considers the implementation of hefty fines part of its strategy to combat unlicensed gambling services, the regulator basically does not have the power to collect those due to the lack of specific online gambling regulations in the Netherlands.
With that said, the fined operators might be able to avoid paying the six-figure penalty, but there still could have to suffer consequences arising from them being fined in the Netherlands. There have been reports that such companies might be forced to wait for a while before being able to enter the Dutch gambling market when it finally gets liberalized, thus losing important competitive advantage.
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