02/09/2012 : MAJOR ONLINE POKER FIRMS BLACKLISTED BY BELGIAN GOVERNMENT
Officials make good on threats to ISP-block unlicensed operators
Belgian government officials have followed up on their threats to block unlicensed operators from accessing the Belgian online gambling market by black listing major internet gambling companies like Chilipoker, Titan, Everest Poker and 888poker, according to local media reports.
The blacklistings have apparently been communicated to Belgium's main Internet Service Providers, who will be required under the country's new regulatory regime to block access by Belgian residents.
The Pokerfuse information site reports that Bwin.party digital entertainment appears to have evaded inclusion on the black list despite the size of its Party Poker operation. This is thought to be because the internet gambling giant has indicated an intention to license despite its earlier protestations that the Belgian regulations are in conflict with European Union principles and law.