The Dutch Gaming Authority (Ksa) has fined GoldWin Limited €6.79 million for illegal online gambling operations. The company let Dutch users bet on westcasino.com without a proper license, breaking the Gambling Act. Ksa agents could sign up, log in, and gamble on the site, noting that there were no blocks like IP restrictions and no clear checks on player ages.
In January 2023, Ksa warned GoldWin to halt these services, but the company ignored it. Inspectors couldn’t gamble when recognized as Ksa staff, yet the site remained accessible in the Netherlands through other accounts. On April 20, 2023, Ksa issued a penalty order demanding an immediate stop, which GoldWin eventually complied with. Even after halting operations, companies can still face fines for past illegal activities, as GoldWin did.
Ksa Chairman René Jansen stated that while penalty orders can quickly end illegal activities, past breaches can still lead to punishment. The fine reflects a percentage of GoldWin Limited’s revenue from Dutch players.