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Netherlands’ KSA hits LCS Limited with €2m fine for unlicensed gaming

The Dutch Gambling Authority, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has issued its latest fine against an unlicensed operator, targeting LCS Limited.

Hit with a fine of €2m, LCS fell under the KSA’s spotlight for operating the www.sonsofslots.com website, an online slots platform, without the proper licence.

There are currently 27 fully licensed firms in the Dutch market, including prominent players bet365, Entain’s BetCity.nl and LeoVegas, whilst the most recent licence was awarded to Hommerson Amusement BV last week.

Illegal operators continue to conduct business in the market, however. The KSA has made countering these uncliensed companies a priority, with the most commonly used tactic being fines and penalties. Rene Jansen: KSA to ‘dig a spade deeper’ on duty-of-care probe

“An order subject to penalty is an often very effective method to immediately stop illegal supply,” explained René Jansen, KSA Chairman.

“However, illegal providers who subsequently go black should not think that they have ‘bought off’ their illegal activities: the previously committed violations can also be punished. 

“In addition, we continue to carry out re-checks to verify whether the supply has actually been and will continue to be discontinued.”

LCS had previously been subject to another KSA fine in August 2022, when it was charged €165,000 for unlicensed activity. The company was given a cease and desist order, but as shown by the KSA’s latest announcement, this was not adhered to.

The firm is not the only operator to be targeted by the KSA for unlicensed and illegal activity this year, however, with €1.8m in fines issued in February against two operators.

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