Belgium Approves Several Online Gaming Sites
January 31, 2012 by Lucas Pattison with No Comments
The Belgium Gaming Commission (BGC) has recently released a list of online gaming sites, including two online sports betting sites: www.onlinecasinoclub.de and www.casinobonushere.com, three online poker rooms, and four online casinos, where Belgian players can legally play online casino and poker games. The online poker sites included in the list are PokerStars.be, GPWin.be, and Partouche.be. Since Belgium does not exclude itself from the rest of the world as far as Internet gaming is concerned, Belgian players playing at PokerStars.be and BPWin.be can play against opponents from all over the world. The only exception will be Partouche.be, which is a French online poker room. Since the gaming laws in France allow its online gaming operators to offer gaming services only to French players, the Belgian offering of Partouche Poker can be accessed only by French and Belgian players. However, Belgian players playing at PokerStars.be and GPWin.be will enjoy the same game experience available at PokerStars.com and GoldenPalacePoker.com, respectively. Belgian online gaming laws are not only controversial, but also vague and unclear. Belgian players can play only on approved sites and will be penalized if they play at any other gaming site. The Belgian Gaming commission has instructed Belgium’s four internet service providers (ISPs) to block all unapproved online gaming sites. Besides, any online gaming site in Belgium ought to have a land casino too. While PokerStars.be has already got into a partnership with Circus Groupe, Partouche and Golden Palace already have land casinos in Belgium. While it is quite clear that players need to be at least 21 years of age in order to sign up for real money play, the gaming laws of Belgium do not make it clear whether the winnings are to be taxed. Meanwhile, several online poker rooms continue accept Belgian players on grounds that Belgian gaming laws go against EU law and therefore cannot be enforced.
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