The Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit has ordered Betonline.ag’s operator Blue High House not to offer gambling services to Dutch customers.
KSA can fine Blue High House up to EUR129,000 if it does not follow the court order. Blue High House is not licensed to operate gambling in The Netherlands.
KSA gave the operator two weeks to follow its order. The final date was set at 13 October.
Gambling without a license is considered to be a violation under the Betting and Gaming Act of 2019. The Dutch regulated online gaming market was established by this law in October 2021.
KSA launches investigation into Blue High House
Blue High House was investigated by the regulator in December 2021. KSA determined that it was possible to open a new player account and deposit money, as well as place wagers. Blue High House did not take any technical measures to stop this.
In order to complete the registration, users are required to provide personal information. The Netherlands is automatically selected in the online form. In the section for phone numbers, you also have to enter Dutch country code +31.
In August 2023, investigators logged in again and discovered that betting was possible with an IP address from the Netherlands. KSA cited data from web traffic that showed the site had 136 569 visitors between May 2022 and May 2023.
The regulator chose to issue an order to the company to stop offering gambling services to Dutch customers without a license. Blue High House chose not to reply to KSA’s judgment.
LCS contests KSA fine
The ruling comes days after KSA published its decision to fine Sonofslots.com-operator LCS Limited EUR2.1m for offering unlicensed gambling.
LCS chose to contest the decision. It accused the KSA for “carelessly” compiling its report about its activities. The operator, in an official announcement, blasted what it called the “excessively punishing” fine. It also pledged aggressive appeal.
According to the operator, recent reports in media that it had returned to The Netherlands are not true.