Belgium Sees Increase In Problem Gamblers

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On Saturday the Belgian Gaming Commission released a set of statistics that shows in the last year there has been a drastic increase in players placing themselves on self-exclusion lists at Belgian gambling establishments.

The BGC reported that more than 14,000 gamblers have put in requests to ban themselves from wagering at the European country's casinos and gaming establishments. The large total exceeds last year's 4,000 exclusion requests; an increase of more than 300%.

A law passed in Belgium in January of 2011 allows problem gamblers to be excluded from gaming activities by members of their immediate families or family doctors.