Belgium Blacklists Additional Online Casinos


05/24/2012
By Maria McCoyGoogle

Authorities from the Belgium Gaming Commission announced that they have made updates to their list of online casino companies that are banned from doing business in the country. They have added top rated online casinos Betfair, William Hill and bwin.party as online sites that internet service providers in the country must block. This is an implementation of the Belgian Gambling Act, which was passed last year and states that online gambling can only occur in the country on sites which have been approved and licensed by the Commission.

The country’s four largest interest service providers have been directed to ban traffic to and from sites which have been placed on the list. Online casino games players that play on non-approved sites can face criminal penalties and fines up to €25,000.

Peter Naessens, in charge of the regulatory unit at the Belgium Gaming Commission stated, “that the reasons for adding operators to the list include the continued acceptance of Belgian players from unlicensed dot.com sites, attracting minors or vulnerable players, or connections with organized crime.”

Authorities claim the blacklist is in place to award opportunities to online casino games operators who already have licenses or are in the process of licensure. They also aim to protecting players from sites which operate without a license in the country, making them illegal.

Betsson, 188Bet, and Betclic Everest brands BetClic, Expekt and bet-at-home were also placed on the Belgium Gambling Commission blacklist. The blacklist now includes approximately thirty top online casino games brands.

Approved sites which have received licenses within Belgium include PokerStars.be, Partouche.be, and GPWin.be.

 


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