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The Netherlands Gaming Authority (KSA) has imposed a cease-and-desist order along with a financial penalty warning on Winning Poker Network for operating without a Dutch licence.

The investigation began in September and November 2022 when the regulator discovered that one of the operator’s websites allowed Dutch players to create accounts, deposit funds, and participate in games of chance without any technical measures in place to prevent access from the Netherlands.

After being warned, the company promised to block access for Dutch players, but a recent recheck in January 2023 revealed that a new account could easily be created on another website belonging to the same provider.

The KSA said the website’s terms and conditions did not list the Netherlands as an excluded country, leading the regulator to believe that the website was actively targeting Dutch players.

Additionally, although the website was entirely in English (Dutch was not an option in the language menu), it was still possible to deposit money from a Dutch bank account.

Financial penalty warning

In addition to a cease-and-desist order, the KSA has issued a formal financial penalty warning to Winning Poker Network.

The warning states that if the company continues to offer its services to Dutch players, it will be fined €25,000 per week, up to a maximum of €75,000.

The KSA has been strict in enforcing its regulations, issuing fines totalling more than €30m since the beginning of 2023, especially on unlicensed gambling providers.

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