Belgium-specific Gambling Restrictions
In Belgium, several restrictions and regulations are in place to govern the gambling industry and protect players. These include:
- Minimum age of 21 for all forms of gambling, including lottery, sports betting, casino games, and online gambling.
- A requirement for gambling operators to implement responsible gambling measures, such as self-exclusion and deposit limits, to protect players from harm.
- A requirement for online gambling operators to use a Belgian-based server for all their operations.
- A requirement for online gambling operators to pay tax on their gross gaming revenues.
In addition to the restrictions and regulations mentioned above, some Belgium-specific restrictions apply to gambling in amusement arcades. A limited number of licensed “amusement arcades” are subject to specific restrictions.
For example, amusement arcades are not allowed to have table games, such as roulette or blackjack. They can only offer slot and video poker machines.
Also, the number of slot halls in Belgium is limited to 180, and operators must obtain a licence from the Belgian Gaming Commission first. Similarly, the BGC has set a deposit limit of €200 per week, which applies to all online casinos.
Players are, therefore, not allowed to deposit more than €200 per week into their casino accounts, and operators must implement measures to enforce this limit. This restriction protects players from excessive gambling, which could affect them in the long run.
Overall, these Belgium-specific restrictions are part of the country’s comprehensive regulatory framework for the gambling industry. This framework aims to ensure that gambling is safe, fair, and responsible for everyone in the country.