The Dutch Gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit has slapped a €400,000 fine on The Star Group’s online gambling brand Poker Stars.
The gambling operator has been fined for offering online gambling products to the local Dutch Customers through its online gambling website PokerStars.eu.
Upon receiving complaints of the gambling operator targeting Dutch customers, the gambling regulator launched an investigation into The Stars Group’s Pokerstar online gambling portal.
Upon investigation, Kansspelautoriteit found that during the second half of 2018, there have been a number of complaints which points out that PokerStars “is aimed at Dutch consumers”.
The gambling regulator also found that on the PokerStars eu website, it was possible to pay with the Dutch payment method iDEAL, and the instructions and other details to facilitate payment and contact available in Dutch.
Moreover, it was found that the online gambling website did not have the Netherlands mentioned as a restricted country.
As such the gambling regulator established that Pokerstars was illegally catering to Dutch customers.
Earlier in April this year, gambling regulators in New Jersey also imposed a fine of $10,000 on PokerStars. The betting site was fined for taking bets on New Jersey college basketball teams. The bets accepted on state basketball teams violated the state’s sports betting laws.
In its investigation, the gambling regulator found that PokerStars had accepted a total of 216 wagers on a game between Rutgers and Eastern Michigan University.