Belgian Self-Exclusion Numbers Rise

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Apr 27, 2018

9 percent year-on-year rise in self exclusions

The Belgian Justice Ministry has published figures regarding exclusion from land and online gambling sites, noting that in 2017 the number of self exclusions rose 9 percent y-o-y to reach 29,319; the statistics are not broken down into land and online exclusions.

The numbers include 409 exclusions of gamblers granted to third parties, such as family.

Belgians who wish to self exclude can do so through the Belgian Gaming Commission and are included in the national Excluded Persons Information System, referenced automatically when gamblers register to gamble at land and online sites.

The statistics reflect a far higher number of gamblers (158,413) who have been banned from gambling by the country’s judicial system under court orders.

Five years ago the numbers were:

  • Self-excluded: 19,670
  • Excluded by judicial action: 82,580
  • Excluded on application by a third party: 89.
Brian Cullingworth

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We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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