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Top 10 numbers you need to know from the 2016 WSOP Main Event final table
As we enter the ninth year of the November Nine Era, Casino City's Gary Trask crunches the numbers and comes away with some compelling trends and tidbits regarding this weekend's 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event final table.

Magnet Gaming expands internationally
The company has made the strategic decision to obtain licenses in new European countries in order to extend the range of their offering.

GVC teams up with Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation's WMS studio will supply its online content to GVC's Spanish and Belgian bwin Casino, PartyCasino and Party Poker brands.

World Series of Poker Main Event final table profile: Kenny Hallaert
Ever since he played in Belgium's first live poker tournament in 2005, Kenny Hallaert has been making a name for himself. Now he's thinking about one thing: this year's WSOP Main Event final table.

GVC expands regulated market offering with iSoftBet
Under a multi-year agreement, iSoftBet will supply over 40 HTML5 and Flash online slots to the company's online and mobile casinos.

GVC signs content deal with Microgaming
Under the agreement, the company will provide the Quickfire product suite to players in Spain, Belgium and Bulgaria in the coming weeks.

Betway signs two landmark deals
The online bookmaker has entered into agreements with RSC Anderlecht and the Belgian Football Association for the purposes of strengthening its sponsorship presence in the country.

Tom Horn Gaming partners with iSoftBet
The agreement will see Tom Horn's selection of video slots intregrated into iSoftBet's Game Aggregation Platform.

EveryMatrix secures software provider license in Belgium
The Class E license allows EveryMatrix to provider operators with casino and sportsbook solutions in the Belgian market.

Grand Games gets makeover
Aspire Global, a leading online provider of instant games, recently completed a makeover of its Belgian gaming site Grand Games.

IGT teams up with Groupe Circus to bring online games to Belgium
Land-based Groupe Circus will boost its Web offering with IGT’s entire portfolio of online games via IGT rgs® Casino.

Win2day live in Belgium with OMEGA CORE
Belgian licensed operator win2day.be has completed the launch of its multi-channel online gaming offering powered by the OMEGA CORE management system.

bwin party partner with Belgium's Belacasinos
bwin.party's has partnered with Belgium's Belacasinos, giving the company a presence in Belguim.

bwin.party CEO questioned by Belgian officials
bwin.party CEO Norbert Teufelberger was questioned by Belgian police after speaking at the Responsible Gaming Day conference in Brussels, according to several media reports.

Council of European Union to work as one on gambling
Council of European Union will work as one across all 27 countries on gambling, preventing companies moving to avoid taxes.

A photo scrapbook from the GPWA Conference in Las Vegas
If you missed the GPWA Conference in Las Vegas last week, here's your chance to see what you missed as we present a photo snapshot of the entire event.

GPWA Conference in Las Vegas provides intimate networking opportunity
Affiliate marketers who attended the GPWA Conference in Las Vegas last week were treated to a day full of informative sessions and a chance to network with colleagues while taking in stunning vistas of the Las Vegas Strip.

Pros gear up for Belgium Poker Championship
Many well known pros have signed up for the €1,500 buy-in, five-day televised main event.

Big names announced for Belgian Poker Championship
The €1.5 Million event will be televised for five days and some well-known pros have signed up as 17 days of satellites begin in Belgium.

FirePay halts transactions, prepares for shutdown
The U.K.-based online payment processor stops all deposits and transfers and gives users 150 days to withdraw their funds.

EU's Mandelson: US needs to change gambling laws
International News Brief: European trade chief says US should let foreign companies into its online gaming market, instead of trying to compensate for shutting them out.

Think tank discusses WTO online gaming case
A WTO Internet gaming case that is threatening a major trade clash betweenthe US and the European Union will be the subject of a forum Wednesday sponsored by the Centre for the New Europe.

Belgium files complaint against site
International News Brief: Belgium's Gaming Commission took Unibet.com to task Wednesday over allowing gamblers to try wager on when the country's political crisis might come to an end.

Belgium lottery chooses GTECH
GTECH Corporation has been selected to provide 600 Imagine terminals to Loterie Nationale of Belgium, a state-owned company that administers and operates national lottery games in Belgium.

Easy Computing, Poker Academy sign deal
asy Computing today announced an agreement with Poker Academy, the leading Texas Holdem poker software developer, to publish "Poker Academy Texas Holdem" for the PC in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Kiwi Casino releases new games
Kiwi Casino's latest update features five brand new games and a complete overhaul of their Live Games interface.

Belgium

Online gaming in Belgium has been legal since 2002, but the 2009 Gambling Act required any company operating an online gaming site in Belgium to also hold a license for a land-based casino. The operator's online gaming servers must be located in Belgium, and the online games must be the same games offered at the land-based casino. This means an online operator must either partner with an established brick-and-mortar Belgian casino or own one themselves.

In January 2010, Belgium began the process of creating a domestic regulated online gaming market. Belgium decided to require operators to be based in Belgium and subject to Belgium's laws and taxes. The new regulations excluded outside operators from promoting and providing poker and casino games to Belgian citizens.

In January 2011, the new Gambling Act was enacted. Online games of chance were placed under the supervision of the Gaming Commission. The online licenses (A+, B+ and F1+) allow licensees of the following class licenses to operate games of chance online: Class A (operating casino operations); Class B (operating gaming arcades); and Class F1 (organizing wagers). All operators are required to pay a EUR 250,000 guarantee fee. All prior taxes and debts of license applicants must be paid before submitting an application. Operators are required to pay an 11% tax on all gross gaming revenues. The horse racing tax is 3% and pari-mutuel bets on foreign horse races are taxed at 3.7%.

The Act also increased the powers of the Gaming Commission, which can now impose fines in case of breach of the Gambling Act. The Act provides criminal penalties or administrative sanctions for any person involved in illegal games of chance. This not only applies to the operator who facilitates the illegal games of chance, but also to participants.

In January 2012, the Belgian government blocked access to unlicensed online gaming sites. Belgian banks are required to block all financial transactions (coming into or going out of the country) from blacklisted sites, and ISPs are required to block access to unlicensed gambling sites.

In February 2012, the Belgium Gaming Commission approved three online gaming licenses allowing Belgium players to legally gamble at PokerStars.be, Partouche.be and Casino777.be. PokerStars partnered with Casino de Namur; both Partouche and GPWin.be own their own land-based casinos in Belgium. More operators have entered the market since then.

There are more than 70 online gaming sites on Belgium's blacklist. Belgian players gambling at blacklisted sites are considered to be committing a crime and can be fined up to EUR 25,000. It is the player's responsibility to review the blacklist for banned gaming sites and not be a registered active player at any of those sites.


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