Published: December 5, 2022

THE HAGUE - The Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA) is not taking enough action against web casinos operating from Curaçao

THE HAGUE - The Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA) is not taking enough action against web casinos operating from Curaçao. This is the opinion of the parties that contributed to an evaluation of the KSA over the period 2017-2021. “The picture is that providers in Malta and Curaçao, for example, were and still are given the space to illegally offer their services in the Netherlands,” the report reads.  


“Most of the KSA's enforcement actions focused on illegal online offerings. This has also been identified as a priority in the Supervisory Agendas. Nevertheless, market parties and various government organizations believe that combating illegal supply still receives too little attention from the KSA. They believe that the KSA could and can do more about this, for example by urging telecom parties to shut down illegal websites or payment service providers not to provide payment services to illegal providers.” 

The KSA itself states that it actively monitors thousands of websites with various online tools. In its own words, it cannot be completely transparent about how the KSA proceeds in combating illegal supply. The KSA wants to prevent illegal providers from being made easier to disrupt and/or evade investigations by the KSA. According to the KSA, this could create the impression in the outside world that the KSA is doing less to combat the illegal supply than is actually the case.  

Willemstad has the questionable reputation of being the world capital of the gambling mafia: thousands of web casinos are active on the basis of "illegal" sublicences sold by Curaçao master licensees. A number of operators are directly linked to international criminal organizations that use their gambling companies to launder profits from arms, human and drug trafficking, among other things. Not only the KSA is accused of acting insufficiently, the government in Curaçao does not supervise and the Public Prosecution Service looks away, while there are also doubts about the way in which the Central Bank carries out its supervisory task in the trust sector.

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