The Kansspelautoriteit, also known as the Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA), has recently published a new enforcement policy to combat illegal gambling in the Netherlands. Under the Gambling Act (Wok), the KSA has a clear mandate to tackle both online and land-based illegal gambling activities.
In their report, the KSA explains that their objective is to increase their presence in physical locations and actively fight against the supply of illegal games of chance. This is because illegal gambling poses significant risks, such as lack of safety precautions and the potential for gambling addiction. Additionally, the KSA highlights the risk of money laundering associated with illegal gambling activities.
To aid in their efforts, the KSA collaborates closely with Regional Information and Expertise Centers (RIECs) to uncover subversive crimes related to gambling. While this partnership will continue, the KSA will now specifically refer certain cases to RIECs, particularly those requiring physical support during enforcement operations, including raids and arrests.
The KSA wants to position itself as an independent entity capable of taking proactive measures against illegal gambling. In pursuit of this goal, they have the authority to initiate investigations at any time and seize gaming machines associated with illegal gambling activities.
Furthermore, the KSA can launch an independent investigation if minors or young adults are involved, if the offence spans multiple locations, if there are multiple complaints or instances of recidivism, or if the illegal gambling activity is highly addictive.
To enforce their regulations, the Authority can impose fines, administrative enforcement orders, and penalties in accordance with the Betting and Gaming Act. These new policies have been effective since December 1, 2023.