Belgian Gaming Commission adds four online casino sites to blacklist

The Belgian Gaming Commission has added four online casino domains to its blacklist of unlicensed online gambling sites.

The country’s regulator first published its blacklist, which includes websites that the regulator deems to be operating in Belgium illegally, in February 2012.

Four new sites added to blacklist

The Belgian regulatory body has now added four new online gambling domains to its blacklist which includes Usoftgaming’s PH.casino, Gammix-owned Locowin.com, Goldwin’s Westcasino.com, and Pro Xenon Mediathek’s Kajot-Casino.com.

Online gambling operators that offer gambling activities in Belgium without a licence face fines between €100 (£85.91/$119.20) and €100,000.

Meanwhile, consumers and players who gamble on blacklisted sites run the risk of facing criminal charges and could be fined between €26 up to €25,000.

The addition of four new gambling sites to the blacklist comes after the Commission added several other domains to the list earlier this year.

In April, the Belgian regulator added Dixcasino.com, Gamdom.com, Stake.com, and Fastpay-casino.com to its list of unlicensed operators.

Prior to this, 15 other domains were added to the list in March which included the likes of betonline.ag, sportsbetting.ag, tigergaming.com, bonkersbet.com, librabet.com, and bitcasino.io.

Several other high-profile brands that operate on a global scale, like William Hill, Bet365, Betfair, and Betvictor, are featured on the blacklist.

What else is happening in the Belgian gambling market?

Elsewhere in the Belgian market, the online casino and sportsbook operator Circus renewed its partnership with Belgian football club Standard de Liège for the 2021-2022 season.

Under the partnership, the operator will continue to work on initiatives with the team, sponsor halftime shows and act as the team’s official esports partner.

Earlier this month, the Belgian National Lottery relaunched its Scooore sportsbook brand in partnership with Kambi Group and TG LAB. The relaunch came after TG LAB inked a multi-year deal to become the Belgian National Lottery’s trusted technology platform partner for its sports betting operation.

In early June, the Belgian regulator published its annual report which revealed it issued 55 sanctions in 23 cases in 2020. According to the regulator, the 55 sanctions that were issued amounted to €59,958 in fines.

The regulator also revealed that it started the year with a backlog of more than 100 cases that could involve sanctions, while 68 additional cases were added during the year.

Despite this, the regulator chose not to issue sanctions for those 68 cases either due to the time they occurred or because no gambling laws were violated. 

At the end of 2020, the number of active online gambling licence holders in Belgium was up from 15,607 in 2019 to 15,997 at the end of 2020.

In April, the Commission launched its “Always Play Legally” campaign which aimed to steer consumers away from unlicensed operators. 

The campaign, which ended on 11 June,  was intended to educate consumers on the differences between legal and illegal gambling operators in the run-up to Euro 2020.