The Belgian Gaming Commission has published its first draft of the egaming blacklist with the first ten operators that are banned from supplying their services in Belgium, EGR Magazine can reveal.
Three well-known poker sites to have been refused entry into the Belgian regulated market include 888, Everest Poker and Titan Poker. ChilliPoker is also among the names, however a spokesman for the site had stated they had already withdrawn from Belgium and was looking to get its name removed from the blacklist.
Other sites banned are casino operators Jackpotcity.com, Megacasino.com, Bingo-round.com, Myglobalgames.com, Casinoriva.com and Casino.com. Belgian financial institutions are being encouraged by the BGC to end all relationships with unlicensed operators.
The blacklist was released in conjunction with the whitelist displaying the first licensees. This includes Pokerstars, the first poker site to acquire a Belgian licence, along with Circus.be and Partouche.
Peter Naessens, BGC’s head of the regulatory unit, has previously revealed that the official blacklist could have up to one hundred names by the end of the year but further licences can be awarded in the first half of 2012.
In order to be accepted onto the whitelist and acquire a licence, Naessens explains:
“To obtain a licence for games of chance you need a partnership with a land-based casino, or to own your own casino like Partouche”
Pokerstars had done so by partnering with Circus Groupe, owner of land-based casinos Casino de Namur and Casino de Spa.