Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) announced today that it has fined LeoVegas and its Royal Panda brand for offering "online games of chance" in the Netherlands without a gaming license.

Royal Panda was fined 400,000 ($441,269), while LeoVegas, the parent company, was hit with a 350,000 penalty.

The KSA said that LeoVegas and the Royal Panda brand had "clearly targeted players in the Netherlands, despite not having the necessary permissions to operate in the country."

Here is the announcement:

The Gaming Authority (Ksa) has imposed fines on two companies in Malta for offering online games of chance to Dutch consumers. Royal Panda Limited was fined 400,000 and LeoVegas Gaming plc was fined for 350,000.

Online gambling is currently prohibited. Research by the Ksa in the second half of 2018 and early 2019, showed that Royal Panda and LeoVegas, despite this prohibition, still focused on the Netherlands with their offer. For example, the websites of both companies were accessible with a Dutch IP address. It was also possible on both sites to pay with the Dutch iDEAL payment method. Numerous games of chance were offered on the sites of the companies, including casino games, virtual slot machines and sports betting.

Koa law

Online gambling is legalized in the Netherlands. In February this year, the Senate passed the Remote Gambling Act (Koa). The law is currently being worked out in more detail. It will soon be possible to obtain a license under strict conditions for offering games of chance via the internet. Supervision is then possible, allowing players to play protected. The Ksa takes action against illegal providers of games of chance because there is no check on the fairness of the game. It is also impossible to check whether vulnerable groups, such as minors, are excluded from participation.
Here is a link to the complete announcement: https://kansspelautoriteit.nl/nieuws...tes-4-3-5-ton/