Monday July 16 2012 : BELGIANS WORRY ABOUT RISING NUMBER OF PROBLEM GAMBLERS
 
14,000 self-exclusion requests is an over three-fold increase on last year
 
The Belgian Gaming Commission revealed Saturday that there has been a more than three-fold increase since last year in problem gamblers requesting self-exclusion at Belgian gambling venues.
 
Over 14,000 Belgian punters have filed an official request to ban them from visiting casinos and gaming centres, the country’s gambling commission said in a statement.
 
Last year there were 4,000 self-exclusion requests.
 
Under Belgian Gambling law implemented in January 2011, problem gamblers can also be banned from attending gambling venues at the request of their doctors or family members.