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KSA Chairman issues warning over limit loophole

Dutch Gambling Authority (KSA) Chairman Rene Jansen has urged operators to keep within the “spirit of the law” when it comes to limits.

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Under the Netherlands’ new gaming law, people must set limits on time and deposits before playing, but a loophole permits anyone over 23 years old to optionally cap their playtime at 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a €100,000 ($112,592) deposit limit.

Jansen stressed the importance of limits and said, while “it may not be to the letter” restricting players to sensible levels is in “the spirit of the law.”

The KSA Chairman went on to threaten tougher restrictions should operators not heed his warning.

“Corporate social responsibility also has a moral side,” said Jansen, adding: “I have said before: if providers themselves do not take sufficient responsibility, the government will at some point do so.”

Jansen’s message to operators regarding limits came in a blog post where he spoke, more generally, about the Netherlands’ iGaming market and its public perception.

Calling gambling a “risky product”, he said operators have a major responsibility and “should not look for edges.”

Jansen said: “At online gambling sites, we see that by making the online contact personal, because a connection is sought, there are ‘pop-ups’, you are asked at the ‘right’ times whether you want to deposit, etc.

“In a general sense, I would like to say to gambling providers: do not look for the edges, because that will turn against you.”

This comes after the KSA issued a warning to players about gambling on unlicensed sites.

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