Dutch Gaming Authority Control Action into Possible Illegal Exploitation of Gaming Machines
With the checks, the Ksa checked whether revoked operating licenses actually led to the cessation of the operation of gaming machines. If this is not the case, it is illegal: exploitation then takes place without the supervision of fair play and sufficient attention to addiction prevention.
The Ksa regularly withdraws operating licenses, usually on integrity grounds and sometimes at the operator’s request. The Ksa traces the reason for a forced withdrawal in various ways. These may be signals from the Public Prosecution Service, the police or municipalities. It also happens that licenses are withdrawn as a follow-up to other investigations by the Ksa. An application for an operating license is only granted after an extensive integrity investigation. That investigation concerns the applicant and his business network.
If an operating license has been revoked, the Ksa checks with random checks whether the exploitation has actually stopped. Part of such a check is that former operators must demonstrate what has happened to their gaming machines. If it turns out that the exploitation has not stopped, this will lead to sanctions and possible seizure of gaming machines.
During the checks, the Ksa found several things. In most cases, the operation had ceased and gaming machines had been handed over to licensed operators. Sometimes the permit conditions were not fully met. Follow-up research is carried out in a limited number of cases.
SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit.