Tasks of the Gaming Authority

The KSA provides a reliable range of games of chance in the Netherlands. It checks legislation and regulations and regulates the gambling levy. In order to punish negligence, she can hand out fines of up to 810,000 euros. Furthermore, the Gaming Authority is the only institution in the Netherlands that is allowed to issue licenses for games of chance. This concerns both multi-year permits and one-off permits for an event. The multi-annual permits are granted to one party per period. The Holland Casino is a good example of an institution with a multi-year license for casino games.

What does the Gaming Authority mean to you?

From the consumer’s point of view, the Gaming Authority has a number of critical functions. In the first place she is concerned with addiction prevention by monitoring the duty of care. Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to gamble in the Netherlands and the games of chance provider must also take measures to prevent addiction. In practice, this boils down to adequate information provision and intervention in case of risky behavior. The Gaming Authority also protects consumers against unfair casino games and prevents crime. Strict compliance with the law prevents illegal providers from entering the market. This ensures a fair playing field.

Amendment of the law and establishment of the Gaming Authority

Politicians are currently working on modernizing the Games of Chance Act. A bill has already been submitted for this. This proposal, called ‘Amendment of the Gambling Act, the Gambling Tax Act and some other laws related to the organization of remote games of chance’ was passed in the House of Representatives on 8 July 2016 and is now under review. the Senate. The change regulates the legislation regarding online casinos at home and abroad, which are now basically all illegal. Before the plenary debate can take place, the first chamber awaits further explanation in the form of a response statement. The aim is to come into effect on 1 July 2018. Until then, the KSA will serve as a watchdog. She hands out fines to online providers – which are unfounded under European law – and invests in research. For example, on April 19, 2018, it was announced that some ‘Lootboxes’ in computer games are in violation of the gambling law. They are prohibited under the text of the law and lead to addiction.

To whom does the Gaming Authority issue fines?

The Gaming Authority fines license holders who do not comply with the law or events that do not have a license at all. In addition, in recent years she has been extra fierce towards online casinos that operate illegally on the USA market. For example, on January 28, 2015, the KSA fined Come On, due to the fact that this casino was actively targeting the USA market with a USA website, with a USA flag and USA-language customer service. Online casino Tiplix also made a similar mistake in February 2017. They were fined 170,000 euros. To determine whether an online casino focuses on USA customers, the extension of the website, the use of the USA language, etc. offering USA payment methods or characteristics of the Netherlands that are reflected in advertisements or the game offer. This last point in particular may be unclear.

What can you organize yourself?

The Gaming Authority allows people to organize a game of chance themselves. This concerns, for example, organizing a lottery , or installing and operating a gaming machine. A permit is required for this. Such authorization is only granted if the applicant fulfills specific conditions. For example, in the case of a lottery, at least 50% of the proceeds must be donated to a good cause. The remaining 50% may be used to cover the costs. Moreover, the prize package may not exceed 4,500 euros, and if the proceeds exceed 1 million, a gambling tax must be paid. No license is required for small games of chance, such as a bingo night or a promotional campaign. You can also organize a poker night yourself, provided that this is done ‘non-commercial’ and ‘private’.

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