Belgium Gaming Commission Grants License to PokerStars

03/15/2012
By Tommie ClarkGoogle

The Belgian Gaming Act passed last year gives the Belgium Gaming Commission authorization to blacklist unlicensed online casino operators.  Blacklisted operators can be blocked at the source by the Belgian telecommunications companies.  The Belgium Gaming Commission also creates a white list of casinos that are licensed and authorized to operate in Belgium.  The black list recently released by the commission included top online casinos such as Titanpoker.be, Everestpoker.be, 888.com, and Chilipoker.com.  The CEO of Chiligaming, an online casino games developer, criticized the Commission for including his company’s site explaining that Chilipoker.com does not operate in Belgium and that the blacklisting of the site was erroneous. 

 

One of the first sites to be “whitelisted” is top online casino PokerStars.be which has received the “Casino de Namur A+ license.”  Etienne Marique of the Belgium Gaming Commission stated that the compilation and distribution of the lists constitutes an important step in the process of regulating the online gambling industry in a way that best serves Belgian economic interests and the needs of the Belgian people.  The new regulation both enables growth of the local industry while ensuring player protection.  Licensed operators will be better equipped to assist players in self-exclusion.  The Belgium Gaming Commission has set a goal of having only Belgium Gaming Commission licensed online casinos operating in Belgium in 2012.

 

Guy Templer who heads Business Development at PokerStars said that PokerStars is very proud to be one of the first Belgian licensees.  casino reviews predict that PokerStars will hold a large share of the Belgian market thanks to quickness with which they acquired their licensing. 

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