The latest whitelists and blacklist have just been issued by the Belgian Gaming Commission. Five new bad boys make the blacklist including www2.bwin.com and Bet365.
Blacklisted sites get blocked by ISPs serving the Belgian market and players can be fined up to €25,000 for playing on them.
Bwin.party lost a court case last month arguing that the blacklisting breached European law. www2.bwin.com was an mirror of the site in an apparent attempt to circumvent the IP block imposed on its primary site.
7Red.com and Belgian casino Maaslandgames.be also find themselves as inductees on the wrong list. StanJames’ site SJbet.at, the Austrian version of the UK bookmaker’s online presence, has also been blacklisted, adding to the woes of the company’s owners who are facing a tax investigation which alleges that their relocation to Gibraltar was an artificial device to avoid UK taxes. A total of 35 companies have now been blacklisted.
Unibet stands out from the crowd as it secures an F1 licence for its online sportsbook. Unibet is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX exchange and clearly doesn’t think this is a significant event in its corporate history since it has not put out a press release to announce the fact.