Dutch online punters denied by court ruling
By Paul
A Utrecht court has ruled that two Antilles-based online casino companies, Paramount and Universal Amusements, must block access for Dutch internet surfers.

The ruling came during the recent case brought by Dutch gaming company

Holland Casino. According to Holland casino, the online casinos are unfair competition considering that it is not permitted to offer internet gambling itself.

The court gave the two defendants until March 20 to close their websites to Dutch gamblers.

This case comes soon after a similar case brought by Stichting de Nationale Sporttotalisator (SNS), the Dutch foundation that oversees national lotteries, in which the judge ruled against the defendant, British bookmaker Ladbrokes, giving it three days to close its Dutch gambling website or face a daily fine of E10,000 ($10,808).

The ‘country of origin’ of an internet visitor can be determined from the visitor’s IP address, something Paramount and Universal already uses to keep out their Canadian and American online gamblers.

However, there are ways around this for the more tech-savvy gamblers – for example through the use of a proxy internet server based in a ‘convenient’ geography.

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