Dutch Body KSA asks Facebook to ax illegal bingo outfit

The Dutch gambling regulator, KSA, has asked Facebook to remove a group that operates illegal online bingo games. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Group deleted by Facebook

A report by Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) led Facebook to remove a group from its platform that operated illegal online bingo games.

The KSA shared the news of the bingo withdrawal via Facebook on November 26:

The KSA named Dordtse Queens as the Facebook group behind illegal gambling. The Dutch agency said eight administrators operate Dordtse Queens and the administrators advertise the games on their own personal Facebook pages, which also allows users to play them.

The KSA said Facebook had removed six pages which “were all affiliated in one way or another with Dordtse Queens”.

Spider web

In an official press release, the KSA said the combination of Dordtse Queens and the offending personal pages linked to it resulted in “a spider’s web of illegal bingos”. The Dutch gaming authority also added that it has discovered that underage players can participate in the games as well. In August, the KSA reported two illegal bingo pages, Luxury Bingo and Conviviality, to Facebook.

In the Netherlands, games of chance, including bingo, can only work if the Dutch government has granted a license to the operator. Operators with purely commercial designs in the market cannot get a license, and like online lottery games, licensed operators must ensure that 40% of their income goes to charity.

In November, the KSA announced that following 13 investigations into illegal Facebook lotteries, the social media brand was working with them to root out illegal activity. A few months earlier, KSA had asked Facebook to terminate an account advertising illegal lotteries. KSA said it was the first time that Facebook had deleted an entire account, rather than just the individual social media pages connected to it.

Playing hardball

Friday’s announcement reflects how the KSA has stepped up its enforcement policy since November 1. This follows the advent of the new Dutch remote gambling law, which, as of October 1, allows licensed operators to offer games of chance like bingo and lotteries online.

The outfits licensed to operate in the Netherlands include Bet365, Holland Casino, a partner of Playtech, GGPoker and JOI Gaming Limited, which operates Jack’s Casino & Sports. Rather than risk hefty fines and more, several big online brands have already pulled out of the country, including Entain, Betsson, Flutter, Kindred, 888, and Casumo. Earlier this month, Flutter revealed that his removal from the Netherlands gambling scene could cost £ 50million ($ 68million).

he warned of his new heavy enforcement campaign with heavier fines and tougher penalties

Putting its money where its mouth is, just weeks after warning of its heavy new law enforcement campaign with heavier fines and tougher penalties, the KSA announced it was investigating 25 gaming sites potentially illegal money.

According to the KSA, if the turnover of an illegally operating entity exceeds 15 million yen ($ 17 million), then “the fine is linked to turnover and amounts to 4% of it. this”. If the turnover of an illegal operator is unknown, the authority itself will assess the amount. If the turnover is less than 15 million yen, the standard fine is 600,000 yen ($ 681,885).

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