KSA issues new enforcement policy on illegal land-based gaming

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Kansspelautoriteit, the Dutch gaming authority, has published a new enforcement policy to combat illegal land-based gambling “more firmly”.

Coming into effect on December 1, the policy moves the KSA away from its previous internal assessment framework and into a “more proactive and independent role”.

It will now be clearer to Dutch enforcement partners how the authority tackles illegal land-based gambling and what they can do to provide support to partners.

The KSA will also act independently and impose sanctions when a serious violation is found.

Previously on the internal assessment framework, the KSA would usually play a supporting role, with its supervisors offering “remote support or joined actions by partners to combat undermining”. 

In most situations, enforcement action was carried out by the police or municipal authorities, with only the gambling authority getting involved in exceptional cases.

Earlier this month, the KSA stated that it would be carrying out inspections at slot machine arcades throughout the Netherlands, starting from mid-December, to analyse if the expanded legal duty of care that was set out in April 2021 is being adhered to.