A number of large European operators have been included in an expanded blacklist of online gambling operators who continue to serve Belgian players without a proper license. Players who play on the sites could face fines of up to €25,000.
Belgian authorities have released an expanded list of operators who continue to offer online gambling to Belgian players without a license, Pokerfuse
The Belgian online gambling market was liberalized at the beginning of this year with the introduction of a new license-based system.
The new system allowed for a limited number of operators to offer online poker
within the nation's borders, and at the same time prohibited other unlicensed sites from operating without a license.
The list of unlicensed operators who still offer games illegally already includes 888poker
, Everest Poker
, Titan Poker
, and will now be expanded with a number of major European operators.
The expanded blacklist brings the total number of illegal sites to 30, and now includes Betsson, Betclic, Expekt, Betfair, William Hill and Stan James, who all according to Belgian authorities continue to break the new laws of the Belgian online gambling market.
According to Belgian law, players who play on the blacklisted sites could face fines of up to €25,000, meaning that it is the players' responsibility to keep up to date with which sites are legal and which are not.
Operators who fail to withdraw from the market or obtain a license can also face big fines, as well as Internet service providers will be asked to block access to the illegal sites at the request of the Belgian Gambling Authority.
The first three sites to obtain a Belgium license were PokerStars
, Partouche Poker and Casino777, with GoldenPalace.be and Win2day being the two most recent additions.