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Dutch Gaming Authority Control Action into Possible Illegal Exploitation of Gaming Machines

July 24, 2022 | Gaming Machines
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (July 18, 2022) — Over the past few weeks, the Gaming Authority (Ksa) has carried out checks at 35 locations for possible illegal exploitation of gaming machines. The checks took place in the regions of Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht and the provinces of Limburg and North Brabant.

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.

Signals

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 It also happens that licenses are withdrawn as a follow-up to other investigations by the Ksa.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.

Periodic control

If an operating license has been revoked, the Ksa checks with random checks whether the exploitation has actually stopped.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.

Follow-up research

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.

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