The Spelinspektionen has taken action against Casino Cosmopol after uncovering serious deficiencies in their operations. As a result, the authority has imposed a penalty of SEK 2m ($196,808) on the casino and issued an official warning.

During their investigation, the Spelinspektionen examined the records of 100 customers. They focused on eight specific cases that highlighted the casino’s shortcomings.

One of these customers, a frequent high-stakes player, consistently wagered SEK 45,000 per week with predominantly cash. Surprisingly, despite this large spending, the customer claimed to have a monthly income of only SEK 30,000. They admitted to using loans for gambling purposes, but Casino Cosmopol failed to take appropriate action.

In another case, a customer resumed gambling after a voluntary suspension and was spending up to SEK 50,000 per visit, despite having a much lower monthly income. Again, the operator failed to thoroughly verify the customer’s income, even though they admitted to relying on loans.

A third customer played with substantial amounts of money during each visit, despite not having a job. Their average income of over SEK 100,000 per month raised suspicion, but Casino Cosmopol did not investigate further.

The investigation also uncovered a customer who regularly withdrew cash from the casino and had accumulated losses of SEK 1.1m. Interestingly, it was revealed that this customer’s company had made share dividends to Casino Cosmopol. Furthermore, the customer was married to the owner of the auditing company associated with the casino.

These revelations come shortly after the Kansspelautoriteit implemented updates to combat money laundering and terrorist financing in the gambling industry.

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