KSA imposed a fine of 440 thousand euros on the operator from Curacao

The Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA) has fined Curaçao-based Raging Rhino €440,000 (£378,177) for offering online gambling to Dutch players without a license.

KSA investigators began a thorough review of the LuckyDays operator against prioritization criteria after learning that the Raging Rhino site was accessible to Dutch players from a Dutch IP address.

According to the KSA, the site offered players the option to pay using the iDEAL payment method, which is common in the Netherlands and is among the criteria.

KSA found that the LuckyDays website processed 224,630 transactions with the iDEAL payment method from Dutch accounts between May 1 and July 31, 2020, totaling 18 million euros.

In addition, regulators found that the site pointed players to a gambling service based in the Netherlands and did not perform age verification of players, which was required by the criteria.

The KSA has confirmed that Raging Rhino has already paid the fine following the completion of the investigation and that the LuckyDays website is now unavailable for Dutch players.

The fine is the first fine imposed by the KSA in 2021 and the first since active age verification methods were introduced into the Dutch prioritization criteria last year.

Elsewhere, the KSA confirmed that police raids were carried out on residences in the Dutch city of Velsen and property in Spain in connection with alleged illegal online gambling.

Authorities working on behalf of several Dutch police authorities arrested a 56-year-old resident of Velsen on suspicion of money laundering, confiscating two luxury cars, money and jewelry belonging to the man.

The house in Spain, which also belonged to this man, was searched by the police, while other things were confiscated.

Authorities have conducted additional investigations into two unnamed gambling firms licensed in Curaçao, with the Dutch tax and customs administration conducting their own investigations into these operators.