Dutch regulator fines game of chance websites

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Dutch regulator fines game of chance websites

Fines worth 600,000 euro have been handed out by the Dutch gaming authority for a site that offered illegal online games of chance.

Gambling Insider reports that Curacao’s Virtual Coin Gaming offered games on its websites futgalaxy.nl and nl.futgamer.com and received a 500,000 euro fine.

An unnamed individual has also been fined 100,000 euro.

The Dutch authority, the KSA, has revealed the fines had been increased due to young adults taking part in the games.

The body also noted it prioritises illegal games that specifically target Dutch customers, as was the case with these two websites, which both used Dutch language.

The games violated the Games of Chance Act, which stipulates that a game of chance may be offered only if a licence has been granted.

Online games of chance are prohibited in the country, with the current law stating it is not possible to apply for a licence for online games of chance.

The law is expected to change to align with the Remote Gambling Act, which will come into effect later this year.

Licences for online games of chance will be made available, but operators must meet strict conditions regarding player protection to be granted a licence.

Dutch casino reaches new labour with unions

A European casino and its trade union have reached a new collective labour agreement.

Gambling Insider reports that Holland Casino has reached a deal with trade unions De Unie and FNV from January 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022 that will see a structural wage increase of 1.5 per cent from October 1.

A one-off payment of 0.75 per cent will also take place in March 2022.

There were equally positive talks regarding pensions, including an insured partner’s pension on a risk basis.

A working group will be set up with the unions in a bid to cooperate more effectively on further improvements, in areas such as scheduling and sustainable employment.

“Holland Casino is hit hard by the coronavirus crisis,” said Danielle Justus, director of Human Resources at Holland Casino said.

“These were intensive but constructive conversations in which all parties took joint responsibility for the future of Holland Casino and its employees in these extremely uncertain and difficult times.

“Apart from the collective labour agreement, we have also succeeded in reaching agreements with each other on both a form of voluntary severance scheme and a placement scheme.

“Both schemes are important in the context of our necessary restructuring and will certainly contribute to fewer forced redundancies.”

Both De Unie and FNV will now recommend acceptance to their members for the new agreement. 

London croupier alleges casino complicit in guests’ racial remarks

One of London’s most exclusive gambling venues has let its millionaire members racially abuse black croupiers, according to a recently filed claim by an affected employee.

Casino News Daily reported in August that the allegations were leveled against the Crown London Aspinalls private members gambling club.

The property is located in the heart of Mayfair and frequented by wealthy high rollers.

Semhar Tesfagiorgis, who has worked as a dealer at the club for more than a decade, has filed the racial abuse claim with the London employment tribunal.

In her complaint, Ms Tesafiorgis said that Crown London Aspinalls managers allowed casino patrons to refer to black gambling chips in a derogatory way and that black croupiers were kept away from certain customers because of their skin colour.

According to tribunal papers seen by The Times, Ms Tesfagiorgis described an incident on her second day at work at the exclusive Mayfair casino back in 2007 that involved a wealthy Turkish gambler.

The gambler is alleged to have made derogatory remarks to the croupier, but was not barred from playing at the gambling hall.

Two years later, a similar incident took place at the casino involving the same gambler and employee.

The incident was recorded on the property’s CCTV.

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