Belgium Moves Ahead with Online Poker

Published January 6, 2012 by OCR Editor

Belgium Moves Ahead with Online Poker

European nation names three online poker sites allowing real money play.

Spain may have delayed the implementation of its online gambling reforms by six months this week, but Belgium is well and truly pushing ahead with its own gambling liberalization policy if action taken this week are any indication.

Three New Poker Rooms

The Belgium Gaming Commission said this week that it named three online poker sites to allow poker players to wager with real money. Under the gaming laws approved last year, gambling and betting services are still widely banned, but the licensing system does allow for exceptions, of which these three sites are an example.

In addition, the commission said it would move to block access to all unauthorized domains, ensuring that players located in Belgium use authorized online gambling services. Under the 2011 Gaming Act, operators from EU member states must relocate servers to Belgium in order to obtain a license.

European Reforms

Belgium is one of three European Union countries, along with Denmark and Spain, which will be busy regulating its online poker and online gambling industry throughout the year 2012.

However, Spain this week said it would delay implementation of its new online gambling laws, so that regulators have more time to review license applications. The postponement means Spanish gamblers will have to wait until June 30 for the changes to come into effect.

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