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€312,500 Fine for Mr Green

by Glenn Baird - September 12, 2018

Online casino Mr Green has been issued with a €312,500 fine by Dutch Gambling regulator, the Netherlands’ Kansspelautoriteit (KSA).

It was reported today that the company has been fined for allowing Dutch players access to their website when they should have been using IP blockers.

All foreign operators must apply for a Dutch gambling license to ensure that they are acting in accordance with Dutch Online Gambling Bill that was passed in the summer of 2017. If they do not have a Dutch licence then operators must block Dutch users from accessing their site.

Mr Green are a subsidiary of MRG, who are appealing the fine on the grounds that the law does not comply with EU legislation. They also argue that blocking IP addresses from certain countries can be very difficult.

A further argument that Mr Green have claimed is that the fine could make it more difficult for the company to obtain a Dutch Gambling licence in the future.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.

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