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The Belgian Gaming Commission has granted PokerStars an online poker license under the Casino de Namur A+ license.
The announcement comes after the Belgian government announced plans to actively block unlicensed casino operators from doing business in the country.
Commenting on the award of the gaming license, Belgian Gaming Commission Chairman Etienne Marique said “This is an important step forward for the regulation of online gambling. Not only is the legal framework delivering the possibility for operators to offer their online games of chance, but from an economics point of view gambling operators are given opportunities in Belgium. And all this in an environment that protects players more than illegal websites do – for example, excluded players cannot play at licensed websites and players are protected by an average hourly loss restriction.”
Jean Christophe Choffray, the Head of Online Gaming at Circus Groupe (the owner of PokerStars) also commented, saying “We are delighted that with the great efforts and co-operation of the Gaming Board we have been able to become fully regulated in the Belgium market.”
PokerStars' Head of Business Development Guy Templer said “PokerStars is proud to be among the first fully-licensed operators in Belgium. We are delighted to be able to offer a locally licensed product to Belgian players through our partnership with Circus Groupe."
"This furthers our goal to obtain licences in all newly-regulated markets.”