Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch gambling regulator has been strict with unlawful gambling activities, and in its latest crackdown, it has slapped a penalty of €310,000 ($348,500) on Casumo an online casino and gambling operator.
The fine came as the regulator found the operator violating the law as the new gambling regulations are yet pending approval from the government. Casumo was fined for offering gambling and casino access to Netherlands citizens.
Casumo has a Maltese license and offers a vast pool of games through its online platform. The operator was caught as it offered chat support in Dutch amidst other languages. It also facilitated dutch players to make deposits and withdrawals through iDeal which is one of the biggest online payment service providers in the Netherlands.
Earlier the gambling regulator had announced heavy penalties for those who violated gambling regulations and had explicitly warned against offering online games of chance to residents of Netherlands. In that announcement, the KSA had also raised the minimum fine to €200k which was earlier €150k.
Also, earlier this week, the Dutch regulator seized cash machines from cash centers that were involved in illegal gambling operation in the country.
For Casumo it is not the first time they have been fined, and neither is the biggest. In January this year, the UKGC (United Kingdom Gambling Commission) had slapped a fine of £5.85m on Casumo. The operator was found lacking in adequate measures that it should have been taking to stop problem gamblers from placing wagers.