Belgian online poker players now have a choice of two more poker rooms to play on. Goldenpalace.be has been granted a B+ operator license and win2day an A+ license, permitting both to offer online poker and online gambling games to customers in Belgium.
Goldenpalace.be had previously been listed on the provisional whitelist under the domain gpwin.be. The B+ license granted this week is for brick and mortar businesses that are already operating gambling halls in Belgium. It is one of ten operators with a B+ license, but appears to be the only one to offer online poker.
The site operates on the Ongame Network and therefore shares the liquidity with the sixth largest poker network internationally.
Win2day on the A+ license list is a surprise entry. It is the forth to receive such a license, alongside PokerStars, Partouche and Casino777. Win2day currently only operates an Austria-only poker room—the only one of its kind. Win2day.be is not currently live.
The Austrian site uses GTECH G2 (aka Boss Media) software, but with a segregated player pool. In theory, the win2day.be site, when live, could share liquidity internationally.
Along with the updates to the licenses, the blacklist has also been expanded. Belgian players face fines for playing on prohibited sites. The domains of 888, Chilipoker, Everest and winamax.fr are among twenty sites banned by the Belgian Gambling Authority.
Goldenpalace.be has no connection with the dot.com brand, which operates an international poker room on the iPoker network and, coincidentally, is now listed on the Belgium blacklist.