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Belgian Gaming Commission Wants Tighter Restrictions on Internet Betting

The Belgian Gaming Commission is reportedly seeking more restrictions on the country's online betting industry according to an analysis conducted by the law firm DLA Piper.

DLA Piper drew this conclusion based on a letter that the BGC sent to incoming lawmakers in which it asks for more control on the online betting sector after it was revealed that more players visited online casinos than land based ones during the first quarter of 2014.

The Commission is looking to justify increased provisions on online betting due to its concerns on identity control of players, social gaming, and the worry that the government could seek to generate tax revenue rather than protect players. The BGC fears that expansion of the gambling industry could prove to be harmful to punters.

Naturally, the BGC is asking for larger budgets to combat these potential epidemics, and wants to hire more employees to help enforce Belgian betting laws such as penalizing punters who play at unregulated betting sites.

In 2013 Belgian punters spent €15 million in casinos, €23 million at arcades, and €17 million betting online.

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