The Netherlands’ new State Secretary for Justice and Security Klaas Dijkhoff has dismissed the suggestion that the country’s iGaming legislation has been rendered meaningless by a court ruling which found that operators are not liable for players’ losses, even when operating without a licence.

The ruling issued late last month concerned a Dutch gambler who was seeking to force online gaming operator Unibet to refund his losses of €178,000, on the basis that the company is not licensed to operate in the Netherlands, making his bets illegal. However, the court ruled that the lack of a Dutch licence was not enough to invalidate his contract with the site, ordering the player to repay the operator’s legal costs.

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