The Belgian Gaming Commission issued a published release yesterday of its first official online poker operator blacklist. Among the operator listed are Chilipoker.com, 888.com, Titanpoker.be, and Everestpoker.be and will become excluded from operating in the country and it is expected that the government will now ask ISP’s to block access to the URL’s.
Update from Poker Fuse states that Chilipoker.com has been erroneously added to the blacklist as they do not operate in Belgium. “Chilipoker CEO Alexandre Dreyfus has communicated to pokerfuse that the inclusion of Chilipoker.com on the blacklist was in error as Chilipoker does not accept players from Belgium. Dreyfus expects to be removed from the published list within the next 72 hours”.
In other Belgium related news, it seems as though PokerStars.be has announced it is one of the first sites to be officially granted a ” Casino de Namur A+ license” by the European country.
Etienne Marique, chairman of the Belgian Gaming Commission, said, “This is an important step forward for the regulation of online gambling. Not only is the legal framework offering the possibility for operators to offer their online games of chance, but from an economical point of view gambling operators are given opportunities in Belgium.
“And all this in an environment that protects players more than illegal websites do – for example, excluded players cannot play at licensed websites and an average hourly loss is applicable to each player.”
The Belgian Gaming Commission has indicated that beginning this year only fully-licensed operators will be permitted to offer online gaming services in the country and the Commission will actively seek to prevent unlicensed operators from accessing Belgian players.
“PokerStars is proud to be among the first fully-licensed operators in Belgium,” said Guy Templer, PokerStars’ Head of Business Development. “We are delighted to be able to offer a locally licensed product to Belgian players through our partnership with Circus Groupe. This furthers our goal to obtain licences in all newly-regulated markets and we look forward to working with the Circus Groupe and Gaming Board.”
Reported by Maggie B.