Netherlands Regulator Fines Mansion and ONISAC €150k
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The Dutch Kansspelautoriteit (DGA) has fined Mansion Online Casino Limited and ONISAC Limited €150k for the activities of their Casino.com site in targeting the Dutch market.
The fine was levied in November, but the companies complained to a court in the Hague were granted a temporary injunction. The injunction was lifted on February 4 and the fines have now been published. The companies have the right of appeal.
The DGA gives as background: “Offering (online) gambling without a license in possession is prohibited in the Netherlands.” New laws which will regulate online gaming are expected to be implemented in 2015.
An appeal on the grounds that the current Dutch laws breach European Treaties may be backed by substantial legal argument.
Mansion operates MansionPoker as a skin on the iPoker network. It has five gaming brands, including Casino.com which it acquired in 2007. The company sponsored the Poker Dome Challenge, 26 episodes of which were broadcast by the Fox Network in the US and internationally.
Between 2005 and 2010 Mansion was the official sponsors of Tottenham Hotspur, one of the biggest European football brands.