Dutch regulator fines PokerStars €400000


The Dutch Gaming Authority (Ksa) has imposed a fine of 400,000 euros on TSG Interactive Gaming Europe Limited T/A PokerStars for offering the possibility of playing poker on the pokerstars.eu website.

The Ksa investigated the pokerstars.eu website in the second half of 2018. In addition, a number of issues have been established that show that Pokerstars is aimed at Dutch consumers. 

This way the site could be reached from the Netherlands. It was also found that it was possible to pay with the Dutch payment method iDEAL. 

Furthermore, a contact form was available in the Dutch language and two Dutch organizations for addiction care were mentioned. The Netherlands was not mentioned on a list of countries from which participation was not permitted. A number of issues were adjusted during a second check.

In the Netherlands, only Holland Casino is allowed to play poker to offer money in one of its physical locations. Everything else – both physically and online – is illegal.