Mansion shuts down Dutch casino
Mansion has decided to close its Dutch accounts on October 3, with players to receive e-mails announcing that their accounts will be available only for fund withdrawal. Pending funds are to be withdrawn by October 10th.
Mansion is the owner of Mansion Casino- and Casino.com brands. Jointly with ONISAC, it was fined with €150,000 in 2014. The contemporary injunction originally granted them was withdrawn in late September.
The Netherlands has been undertaking steps to re-regulate its gambling market for a while now, aiming to create a regulated environment that would allow international operators to apply for a license. However, the Netherlands’ Minister for Justice and Security Sander Dekker mentioned that KSA-fined operators should have to serve a “time out” before being allowed to re-apply for a license. Even before that, Dutch government had asked the KSA to introduce a special clause that would ban (temporarily or permanently) the operators who have been fined.
To this day, the Dutch online gambling market remains one of Europe’s most lucrative ones. Notwithstanding the missing regulations, many of the world’s largest online gambling brands have been operating there for years.