Simon’s Guide to Gambling and Online Gambling in Belgium

This is a picture of the front entrance of the Knokke Casino in Belgium. Under the picture you can read about th gambling and online gambling laws and regulations in Belgium.

Gambling, digital gambling laws, regulations, legal status in Belgium

 

The Law of May 7, 1999 on games of chance, bets, gaming establishments and the protection of players, as amended by the Law of 10 January, 2010 (

 

Gambling, including online gambling are legal in Belgium , sports betting, poker, bingo, lottery, but they are also heavily regulated by the Gaming Commission. In fact Belgium is one of the few countries, where online gambling is also legal and very well regulated. The relevant law is the 1999 law on gambling, betting and protection of players (Wet van 7 mei 1999 op de kansspelen, de weddenschappen, de kansspelinrichtingen en de bescherming van de spelers), which legalized gambling. It has been amended in 2010 to regulate online gambling as well, which was not regulated before. The lottery has been legal since 1853 (Wet van 31 december 1851 op de loterijen) and it is a state monopoly.

In Belgium, casino operators, owners of various gambling establishment and employees of such companies are all required to have a licence (players don’t of course, you can play freely in any casino or online casino). The types of licences required for the respective class of establishments are the following:*

  • Licence A: casinos (Class 1); A+ if providing online gambling services as well
  • Licence B: amusement arcades (Class 2); B+ if providing online services as well
  • Licence C: cafés and venues that sell alcohol (Class 3), valid for Bingo and one-ball only
  • Licence D: employees of gambling establishments
  • Licence E: sale, rent, production, etc. of gambling equipment
  • Licence F1: organisers of bets (Class 4)
    • Licence F2: providing betting services (e.g. newsagents)
    • Licence F+: providing sports betting services on the internet
  • Licence G1: providing games of chance through television
    • Licence G2: providing games of chance through other media

 

From the types of licences available, it is apparent that online gambling is legal and regulated in Belgium. The gambling tax these companies have to pay is 15%. The licences that are valid for the operation of online gambling sites are all connected to land-based gambling forms, and can only be obtained if online activities are in connection with a brick and mortar establishment within Belgium. However, offshore websites and online casinos, which are licensed in other European EU countries don’t seem to be blocked in any way, despite it being illegal according to the local law and these websites (you can find them below) remain freely accessible.

Furthermore, the number of land-based licences that can be given out is fixed: at any given time, there can only be 9 casinos in Belgium, as well as 180 arcades (arcades can have slot machines in Belgium) and 34 bookmaker companies (with hundreds of bookshops). As a result, it is rather difficult for international gambling companies to enter the Belgian market.

 

UPDATE: Interestingly video game loot boxes were declared illegal without a license under Belgium gambling laws. Video game loot boxes without a gambling license are “in violation of gambling legislation”, according to the Belgium Gaming Commission. Loot boxes earned in game are fine, but those that can be bought for real money must be removed from video games in Belgium. And they have been, many video games (not all) have since blocked access to loot boxes for player from Belgium.

 

UPDATE 2: On 2019 April 4, the Belgian Parliament approved an amendments to the current Gambling Act of 1999 May 7 introducing:

-a maximum €500 per week deposit limit per casino (you can go around by playing in multiple casinos, bitcoin and digital pre-paid cards and your Paypal limit are excluded from this)
-casino bonuses are not available anymore to Belgian players (that’s right, sadly, to decrease gambling in the country,  casinos can no longer offer any of their bonuses to players from the country)
-you can only use a debit card, not a credit card playing online (not really an issue in Europe what we call credit card is actually a debit card, if you are in doubt ask the customer support of a casino or your bank, they can tell you which one you have)
-players from Belgium can no longer place bets on virtual sports betting websites (more of this at the sports betting section below)
-and many new limits, rules on how casinos, online gambling websites can advertise (e.g.: “Gamble in moderation”, “Gok met mate” must appear on every Belgian gambling website)

 

*Source: Belgium – Gambling (ICLG)

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from Belgium:

 

Black Lotus Casino

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Black Lotus Casino bonus offers

USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 300% match bonus, up to $3,250. Use the code: VENTURE300
  • $100 bonus. Use code: VENTURE100

Bonuses for existing players:
  • Deposit and get 37 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 37MILLION
  • Deposit $45 and get 299% up to $1,000. Code: 299MILLION & then get 47 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 47MILLION
  • One free spin on the "Millionaire's Bonus Wheel" , instant prizes, limited time only
  • Summer Samba Mini Game for returning players, huge instant wins credited to your player account if you are lucky, all throughout the summer
  • Every day between 6am and 10am EDT you'll get 50 Free Spins to play during our Happy Hour.
 

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

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Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.

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  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

 

Summary:

 

 

Casino gambling in Belgium

 

Online casino gambling in Belgium: legal, requires licence

 

Casino gambling is legal in Belgium, and there are currently 9 casinos in the country. 9 is also the maximum number of casinos in Belgium at any given time according to the law on gambling. The land-based casinos are also spread out in 9 different regions of the country, also determined by the regulation. Belgian casinos must obtain a licence ‘A’ in order to operate legally.

These are the 9 operating casinos of Belgium:

  • Blankenberge Casino, Zeedijk 150, 8370 Blankenberge
  • Casino van Spa, Rue Royale 4, 4900 Spa
  • Casino Oostende, Kursaal – Oosthelling 1, 8400 Oostende
  • Casino van Namen, Avenue Baron de Moreau 1, 5000 Namen
  • Grand Casino Chaudfontaine-Liège, Esplanade1, 4050 Chaudfontaine
  • Infitiny Casino Dinant, Boulevard des Souverains 6, 5500 Dinant
  • Middelkerke Casino, Westendelaan 94, 8430 Middelkerke
  • Napoleon Games Knokke-Heist Grand Casino, Zeedijk – Albertstrand 509, 8300 Knokke-Heist
  • Viage Grand Casino Brussels, Rue Gretry16-20, 1000 Brussels

(Some of these casinos were closed during the COVID 19 pandemic, and at the moment of writing there is no news as to when they might reopen, please check their websites for up to date opening times and info.)

Casinos in Belgium offer slot machines and various table games including baccarat, craps, roulette and card games like poker and blackjack. There are also additionally 180 licensed amusement arcades in Belgium which are considered Class 2 establishments and require a licence ‘B’. Such arcades, however, are not allowed to have table games, only slot machines.

Online casinos, domestic, licensed in Belgium need to be connected to a physical gambling establishment. Most Belgium-based online casino sites operate under a B+ licence. Offering online casino gambling services to Belgian players without a valid licence can result in the operator being blacklisted and blocked, and the operator may face criminal charges. An exception seems to be foreign online casinos, which are licensed in other EU countries. They are not blocked, fined and players can place bets on those websites freely. And these websites are far superior (better and more, and more types of games) than the local casinos.

The online casinos below accept players from Belgium.

Online casinos accepting players from Belgium - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Belgium:

 

Black Lotus Casino

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  • Get 300% match bonus, up to $3,250. Use the code: VENTURE300
  • $100 bonus. Use code: VENTURE100

Bonuses for existing players:
  • Deposit and get 37 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 37MILLION
  • Deposit $45 and get 299% up to $1,000. Code: 299MILLION & then get 47 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 47MILLION
  • One free spin on the "Millionaire's Bonus Wheel" , instant prizes, limited time only
  • Summer Samba Mini Game for returning players, huge instant wins credited to your player account if you are lucky, all throughout the summer
  • Every day between 6am and 10am EDT you'll get 50 Free Spins to play during our Happy Hour.
 

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

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  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

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Bingo in Belgium

 

Online Bingo in Belgium: legal, requires licence

 

Bingo is not a very popular form of gambling in Belgium, and is played only in two of the large casinos, as well as in some Class 2 gambling establishments. Casino van Spa and Casino Oostende have bingo events.

Currently none of the licensed (A+ or B+) domestic casinos and gambling establishments have online bingo websites. However, some international online bingo sites are accessible for players from Belgium. The National Lottery of Belgium also organizes bingo games.

 

 

Poker in Belgium

 

Online Poker in Belgium: legal, requires licence

 

Poker is legal in Belgium, and live poker games of various forms (Texas Hold’em, Omaha, etc.) are organized in the large licensed brick and mortar casinos of Belgium. Both cash games and Poker tournaments are held at the Belgian casinos, but the number of tournaments that can be organised within a year is restricted by Belgian law.

Online poker in Belgium requires a licence too, A+, and to actually have a physical presence in the country. And because all the licenses have been handed out already, this makes it impossible for international poker companies to enter the Belgian gambling market. The existing casinos, at the time of the writing, don’t have any online poker websites. Therefore I can not recommend any poker Belgian poker websites to players at the moment.

The following online poker websites accept players from Belgium:

 

Online poker sites which accept players from Belarus - click to see

The following online casinos have poker and accept players from Belarus:

 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

[caption id="attachment_5678" align="alignnone" width="728"]Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.[/caption]
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

 

Sports betting in Belgium

 

Online sports betting in Belgium: legal, requires licence

 

A map depicting the places of the various sports betting offices and bookmaker shops on a map of Belgium. There are hundreds of them, the map is barely visible from them.

The distribution of bookshops in Belgium, hundreds of them

Sports betting is really popular, even small towns have more than one bookshop as you can see on the map. There are literally hundreds of betting offices in the country. Sports betting operators in Belgium must apply for a licence F (F1 or F2, depending on whether they are providing the betting services themselves), and an F+ licence if they want to get into online sports betting services as well. Sports betting is very popular in Belgium, with gamblers wagering on most major sport events – the most popular being, as in many European countries, football matches.The website of the national lottery (e-lotto.be) also acts as a sportsbook, an online bookmaker, by far the biggest in the country.

Sports betting operators who want to provide online sports betting services in Belgium are required to have a land-based betting establishment (and the corresponding licences) as well. Cooperation between brick and mortar bookmaker companies and international sports betting platforms has been known to occur.

UPDATE: Virtual sports betting was made illegal in Belgium in 2019. Virtual sports betting was a form of simulated sports betting, where you placed bets on a computer simulation instead of the real thing. Offshore online casinos which have virtual sports betting no longer accept players from Belgium, except one. I did find one which does accept Belgian players, I don’t know how this is legal (they are licensed in the UK so probably some EU law) you can find the website below.

The following online sportsbooks below accept registrations from Belgium.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Belgium - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from Belgium:

 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

[caption id="attachment_5678" align="alignnone" width="728"]Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.[/caption]
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

 

Lottery in Belgium

 

Online lottery in Belgium: legal, state monopoly

 

The lottery has been legal since 1853 in the country. The Belgian National Lottery (Loterie National Belgique) was founded in 1934 and they have a monopoly on lottery, raffles and tombola type games. They have been offering an ever-growing selection of games, including Lotto, Bingo, Keno and sports betting.

The Belgian National Lottery has an online version, e-lotto.be. On the online platform all of their lottery games are available, as well as sports betting.

The following websites let people from Belgium purchase lottery tickets online apart from the national lottery:

Coming soon!

 

Bitcoin gambling in Belgium

 

Bitcoin gambling in Belgium: not specifically regulated,

 

Bitcoin gambling is not specifically regulated and does not need a special license. Onlien casinos which have bitcoin and accept players from Belgium let people fro mthe country use bitcoin transactions, it’s not blocked.

There are no land-based Bitcoin casinos in the country, and the existing 9 casinos, none of them accept bitcoin or any other digital currency, cryptocurrency. A physical, licensed gambling facility is the requirement for the online version of any Belgian gambling licence, therefore there are no domestic bitcoin casinos as well.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Belgium.

Online bitcoin casinos accepting players from Belgium - click to see

The following online casino websites accept bitcoin and players from Belgium:

 

Black Lotus Casino

[caption id="attachment_17025" align="alignnone" width="728"]This is Black Lotus Casino's 2020 animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play. Black Lotus Casino bonus offers[/caption] USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 300% match bonus, up to $3,250. Use the code: VENTURE300
  • $100 bonus. Use code: VENTURE100

Bonuses for existing players:
  • Deposit and get 37 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 37MILLION
  • Deposit $45 and get 299% up to $1,000. Code: 299MILLION & then get 47 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 47MILLION
  • One free spin on the "Millionaire's Bonus Wheel" , instant prizes, limited time only
  • Summer Samba Mini Game for returning players, huge instant wins credited to your player account if you are lucky, all throughout the summer
  • Every day between 6am and 10am EDT you'll get 50 Free Spins to play during our Happy Hour.
 

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

[caption id="attachment_5678" align="alignnone" width="728"]Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.[/caption]
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country. Especially if you are from Belgium or nearby. Thank you.

This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

Last updated: 2020-07-09

 

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Simon's Guide to Gambling and Casinos in Belgium
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Simon's Guide to Gambling and Casinos in Belgium
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An overview of the legal status of gambling, online gambling, sports betting, poker, bitcoin gambling, bingo in Belgium, including the various licence types required.
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