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PokerStars have been awarded the first online poker licence for the Belgian market, according to EGR Magazine. The licence was authorised after a short test period by the Belgian Gaming Council.

PokerStars and Partouche have seen their applications approved by the BGC. La Dernière Heure has followed Unibet and Bwin in making an application for the licence.

In order for PokerStars to be accepted for licencing, the site will have to be jointly operated by local brand Circus Groupe.

Head of BGC’s regulatory unit Peter Naessens had stated that more licences could be awarded in the first half of 2012, while a blacklist of poker sites was being compiled. An article at Pokerfuse suggests that some well-known sites on the blacklist include 888, Titan and Everest Poker.

The licence allows Belgian players to enter all PokerStars tournaments, including the World Championship of Online Poker and the Sunday Million.

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