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The Netherlands Gaming Authority (KSA) has taken action against Casbit Group NV with a substantial fine for offering unlicensed online gambling via the Lala Bet website.

The move is the latest attempt by the Dutch regulator to prevent unauthorised gaming providers from targeting the country’s gambling consumers.  

Operating online gambling services without a licence is forbidden in the Netherlands, a regulation Curaçao-based Casbit Group NV is adjudged to have breached.

The offshore company also powers brands including Boomerang Bet, Betspino and JustBit Casino.

In response to the infringement, the KSA initially sought compliance through an order subject to a penalty against Casbit.

Although Casbit initially appeared to restrict access to the Lala Bet website for Dutch players, a later inspection by the KSA revealed that access from the Netherlands was still possible.

As a result, the penalty was enforced at an amount of €280,000 per week, with a potential escalation of up to €840,000.

The KSA said that unlicensed gambling ventures, such as those offered by Casbit, pose a direct threat to the country’s protective regulatory framework by potentially compromising player safety and the integrity of the Dutch gambling market.

Earlier this month, the KSA joined forces with global web security company Cloudflare in a move to further clamp down on unlicensed online operators.

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