Belgium’s Gaming Commission published its annual report, revealing that it issued a total of 55 sanctions for 23 cases in 2020, as well as gross gaming revenue (GGR) figures for 2019.
The regulator revealed that it began the year with a backlog of more than 100 cases involving possible sanctions, with 68 added during the year.
However, it chose not to impose sanctions in 67 of these backlog cases. It was either because of the time of occurrence or because there was no violation of gambling laws.
There were 4,549 new self-exclusion requests processed. 2,198 self-exclusions were lifted, bringing the total number of self-excluded players to 37,741. Following requests from others, 72 more players were barred, bringing the total to 706.
The report also included the market’s total GGR for 2019. Casino’s gross gaming revenue increased 16.1 percent to €326.5 million. The online sector contributed €205.1 million, while the land-based sector contributed €121.4 million.
GGR from the land-based sector was distributed across the country’s nine casinos. Brussels brought in the most at €47.3 million, followed by Namur at €17.5 million.
However, it was the Spa casino that brought in the most money online. It earned €50.1 million, and Blankenberge made €39.1 million.
Revenue from slots totaled €297.3 million, with €124.9 million earned online and €163.2 million earned in land-based gaming halls.
Meanwhile, online revenue in sports betting was €135.9 million, while retail revenue was €206.8 million.
Belgium also implemented a mandatory weekly deposit limit of €500 (£442/$543) for players on all licensed websites in the country this year.
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