Dutch Minister Planning Crackdown
By Staff
In The Netherlands, Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin has threatened to take legal action against domestic and foreign online gambling sites that offer their services to Dutch consumers.

According to a report from ANP news service, a spokesperson for the Minster declined late last week to divulge how many sites could be prosecuted in the future.

Under Dutch law, firms offering online gambling services in the nation must have a permit but all such activities are currently nationalised under the Holland Casino monopoly.

In a letter to the House of Representatives, Ballin also warned banks that they would be breaking the law by servicing illegal gambling sites.

“We are talking about the bigger banks operating in The Netherlands,” said the Minister’s spokesperson.

The Minister’s protestations came after a report from research agency Motivaction revealed that the Dutch are spending €450 million a year on Internet gambling, which is double what they spent in 2005. Motivaction reported that 485,000 Dutch players stated that they gambled online ‘regularly’ while the nation spent an average of €82 a month gambling over the Internet.

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