LAW ENFORCEMENT MAY TARGET BELGIANS USING UNLICENSED ONLINE CASINOS

Published on March 26, 2014 in Industry News

The Belgium Gambling Commission has announced a boost in the number of enforcers who will be on the lookout for those who use unlicensed casino websites for online gambling in Belgium.

Those individuals who are caught using unlicensed casinos could face prosecution, according to an announcement by the Belgium Gambling Commission, which has now doubled its force of inspectors.

Marjolein De Paepe, a spokeswoman for Belgium's Gambling Commission, indicated that the agency believes that players have had sufficient time to become accustomed to online gambling regulations. She remarked, “After four years, we expect that they should know what is legal and what is not. Therefore, we will also tackle them.”

The Belgium Gambling Commission has a so-called black list of nearly 100 online gambling sites that are not licensed in the nation, including some of Europe's top online casino venues.

Belgium lawmakers are among a small group worldwide who have opted to restrict online gambling; it's a move that so far, has only mirrored in the U.S. In Belgium, players face up to three years in prison and fines totalling 150,000 Euros.