The amount of blacklisted sites in Bulgaria has broken the 100 mark after 10 more websites were given the listing by the Bulgaria State Gaming Commission.
The new spate of blacklisting’s now puts the country’s online gaming blacklist to 106, with companies like William Hill, 888, PartyPoker, Betfair, Betfred, Sportingbet, Ladbrokes, Unibet and PokerStars all having sites on it.
Among the latest listings is BetVictor’s .com site, another sign that the Gaming Commission will not hesitate to ban even the most high profile and popular of online gaming sites. Nordicbet, Casinoeuro, Starcasino, Triobet and Maxino.com were also put on the Eastern European country’s blacklist in the latest round of action.
The Bulgaria State Gaming Commission was officially given the power to blacklist online gaming websites in March last year after a motion was passed in the country’s parliament. Under the commission’s licensing regulations, online gaming operators are required to have a physical presence in Bulgaria and at least five years’ experience of operating in the online gaming industry.
It appears that will likely be no end in sight to blacklistings, as the regulations that are required for the granting of online gaming licences has still not been formally put in place. Only time will tell how many more sites get blacklisted in Bulgaria, but with Greece recently blacklisting a whopping 402 sites, it may only be the start.
Bulgaria’s latest blacklistings come at a time where poker seems to be rising in popularity in the Eastern European region. The Eureka Poker Tour Bulgaria Main Event recently hosted its biggest ever field, with more than 400 players turning out for the event.
Actions by the Bulgarian State Gaming Commission to blacklist more online gaming sites are certainly counteractive to the apparent boost in poker’s popularity there and in the surrounding region.