The Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA) has started an investigation into websites that “promote illegal online games of chance and focus on extra vulnerable people.”
The authority noted that it came across “so-called affiliate websites” when tracing illegal gambling offers, explaining that such sites get paid when they provide web traffic to illegal gambling websites. These “affiliates” use domain names such as “casinowithoutcruks” and “casinowithoutlicense”.
“Cruks stands for Central Register Exclusion Games of Chance. This is the register that legal providers of games of chance must consult before admitting a player. People are registered in Cruks who are excluded from participation due to addiction problems. They usually did that themselves,” the KSA explained.
The KSA noted the severity of the issue, given the focus on problem gamblers.
“The KSA thinks it’s extra bad that these affiliates focus on problem players. In addition to offering games of chance without a licence, promoting illegal offerings is also prohibited,” the authority said.
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