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Belgian regulator issues pre-World Cup compliance warning

| By Marese O'Hagan
Belgium's Gambling Commission has issued a reminder to all operators to remain compliant with licensing obligations during the 2022 World Cup tournament.
Belgium Gambling Act

The World Cup is being held in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December.

The reminder came in the form of a letter, wherein F2 licence holders – retail betting operators – are reminded of two sections of the Belgian Gaming Act – Act 5 and Act 6.

Act 5 mandates that a sign is placed less than one metre from any betting terminal reminding players that no loans or advancements are to be used to bet. It also must stipulate that it is illegal for minors to gamble.

Act 6 dictates that operators must have at least two folders containing information on problem gambling placed on a stand below the aforementioned sign, allowing it to be readily available for players.

Last month, Belgium made two changes to its responsible gambling regulations. A new weekly loss limit of €200 came into effect, with a royal decree published three months prior.

Belgium’s self-exclusion scheme, the Excluded Persons Information System (EPIS) was also extended to retail betting.

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