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Gammix Limited has been hit with a record €19.7m fine in the Netherlands for providing online gambling without a licence.

The Netherlands Gaming Authority (KSA) said Gammix had not taken any action to block Dutch consumers despite having a €4.4m penalty previously imposed by the regulator.

A KSA investigation concluded it was possible to register from a Dutch IP address while the Netherlands was not listed as an excluded country.

A regulator representative was able to successfully make deposits from a Dutch bank account.

Same old story

Gammix powers several online gambling websites, including Rant Casino, Blue Vegas and Bet Original, all of which are available to Dutch players, according to the KSA.

Other Gammix brands in breach include Cashi Mashi, Go Slot, Nord Slot, Vega Dream and Scatters.

Gammix objected to the previous €4m penalty and is likely to do so again.

If collected, it would mark the highest enforcement fee in the history of the KSA.

When determining the amount of the fine, consideration is given to the operator’s estimated turnover from Dutch players, although other circumstances can increase the penalty.

In the case of Gammix, accentuating factors included a lack of age verification and the availability of both autoplay and turboplay, features which the KSA said encouraged excessive gambling behaviour.

“Extremely harmful”

KSA chairman René Jansen said: “Dutch players must be protected: that is why we are cracking down on illegal offers.

“We see that illegal providers often pay little attention to the player and do not adhere to a duty of care.

“We also see with this provider there was no clear age verification. That is extremely harmful. We will therefore continue to take sanctions, even if providers repeatedly make mistakes,” he added.

Gammix response

Gammix has not been granted a Netherlands licence under the country’s gambling act. It is understood to possess a Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) licence, however.

In response, Gammix said its services were not aimed at the Netherlands and that the “mystery shopper” style of investigation as conducted by the KSA was unlawful.

The operator also argued its turnover from Dutch consumers as estimated by the KSA – at €302.8m – was “unrealistic and incorrect”.

The ruling states that penalties must be paid within six weeks. However, industry insiders have suggested the KSA is unlikely to receive the fine from Gammix, having failed to successfully collect the previous penalties.

CasinoNieuws.nl reports there is no longer any mention of Gammix Limited on the gambling websites as listed above, with the brands now operated by a company based in Cyprus and licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.

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