British betting giant William Hill will appeal a fine from the Netherlands Gaming Authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) of €300,000 for offering games of chance to Dutch consumers via the website williamhill.com.
During its investigation, the KSA found that the website williamhill.com was accessible from the Netherlands.
The KSA stated: “The Netherlands was in the drop-down menu, customer service was accessible from the Netherlands and payment could be made via IDEAL at various Dutch banks (IDEAL can only be used by a payer who has a Dutch bank account). Dutch consumers could play casino games such as blackjack, roulette and poker. It was also possible to take bets on sports competitions and play on fruit machines. During the investigation the KSA also encountered two gambling apps from William Hill.”
René Jansen, chairman of the Executive Board of the KSA said: “Many Dutch people do not know, but online gambling is illegal in the Netherlands. A player who gambles with an illegal provider does so unprotected, there is no supervision possible on a fair course of business. That is why the Ksa acts against illegal providers. Protecting the consumer is an important objective of the Ksa, in addition to preventing gambling addiction and combating illegality.”
William Hill joins Mr. Green, Betsson and Corona as companies who have recently been fined for allow access to Dutch players.