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Commission des Jeux de Hasard
Cantersteen 47
Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale
Belgium 1000

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Push Gaming and StarCasino spark Belgian growth following agreement
Titles such as Razor Returns, Retro Tapes and Big Bamboo are now available via the operator. Push’s upcoming games, Retro Sweets and Cats of Olympuss are set to make debuts upon release later in Q2.

Kambi Group signs multi-channel sportsbook partnership with Bingoal
Kambi’s sportsbook will power Bingoal’s online operations in both Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as its retail network of over 350 betting outlets and press shops in Belgium.

Stakelogic Live brings Chroma Key Studio to Belgium
Chroma Key’s green screen studio will allow StarCasino.be to project its own branding onto all of its tables and games.

Wazdan expands Belgian presence with PepperMill Casino
The online slot developer celebrated a momentous milestone as PepperMill Casino went live with nine Wazdan games.

PepperMill Casino is main sponsor for Belgian football club
The Belgian online casino will be the main representative for K. Patro Eisden Maasmechelen during the 2023-2024 season.

Stakelogic agrees to deal with StarCasino
Stakelogic’s slots and live dealer games are now available with operator, Starcasino, in Belgium.

Greentube increases Belgian footprint through Beway launch
Belgian players now have access to Greentube classics such as Hot Cubes as well as Book of Ra Deluxe.

Pragmatic Play launches dice slot games with PepperMill Casino
Sweet Bonanza Dice, The Dog House Dice Show, and Snakes & Ladders Megadice are now live with the operator in Belgium.

Betsson acquires sports betting and gaming operator betFIRST in Belgium
For €120 million Betsson has agreed to acquire all shares in the betFIRST Group, which operates a sports betting and gaming business under the brand betFIRST in Belgium.

BF Games rolls out dice games with PepperMill Casino
The operator’s Belgian players can now access over 10 of BF Games’ titles, including Ancient Secrets Dice, Energy Fruits Dice, Magic Queens Dice, Pyramid Treasure Dice, and Royal Crown Dice.

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 Belgian 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.

In November 2018, Peter Naessens was named director of a new project to standardize online gambling regulations across the continent. The team will be part of the European Committee for Standardization. Numerous industry bodies and regulators are coming together to create rules for compliance and reporting that will become standard in the industry.

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Belgium
Address
Commission des Jeux de Hasard
Cantersteen 47
Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale
Belgium 1000

Website

Email

Fax
+32 25-040066

General Information
+32 25-040040

View All Gaming Jurisdictions
 
Bonuses! New games! Gossip! And all the player news you can handle. Sign up NOW!

Belgium Jurisdiction News

Push Gaming and StarCasino spark Belgian growth following agreement
Titles such as Razor Returns, Retro Tapes and Big Bamboo are now available via the operator. Push’s upcoming games, Retro Sweets and Cats of Olympuss are set to make debuts upon release later in Q2.

Kambi Group signs multi-channel sportsbook partnership with Bingoal
Kambi’s sportsbook will power Bingoal’s online operations in both Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as its retail network of over 350 betting outlets and press shops in Belgium.

Stakelogic Live brings Chroma Key Studio to Belgium
Chroma Key’s green screen studio will allow StarCasino.be to project its own branding onto all of its tables and games.

Wazdan expands Belgian presence with PepperMill Casino
The online slot developer celebrated a momentous milestone as PepperMill Casino went live with nine Wazdan games.

PepperMill Casino is main sponsor for Belgian football club
The Belgian online casino will be the main representative for K. Patro Eisden Maasmechelen during the 2023-2024 season.

Stakelogic agrees to deal with StarCasino
Stakelogic’s slots and live dealer games are now available with operator, Starcasino, in Belgium.

Greentube increases Belgian footprint through Beway launch
Belgian players now have access to Greentube classics such as Hot Cubes as well as Book of Ra Deluxe.

Pragmatic Play launches dice slot games with PepperMill Casino
Sweet Bonanza Dice, The Dog House Dice Show, and Snakes & Ladders Megadice are now live with the operator in Belgium.

Betsson acquires sports betting and gaming operator betFIRST in Belgium
For €120 million Betsson has agreed to acquire all shares in the betFIRST Group, which operates a sports betting and gaming business under the brand betFIRST in Belgium.

BF Games rolls out dice games with PepperMill Casino
The operator’s Belgian players can now access over 10 of BF Games’ titles, including Ancient Secrets Dice, Energy Fruits Dice, Magic Queens Dice, Pyramid Treasure Dice, and Royal Crown Dice.

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