Online poker players in Belgium heard good news on Friday as Bwin.com announced a partnership with Belcasinos, giving Bwin.com-owned Party Poker access once again to the Belgian market. The Belgian gambling authority had placed Party Poker on its blacklist in May due to its failure to partner with brick-and-mortar operators in Belgium, and fined the company $100,000 for continuing to offer access to Belgians without a license. Belgian law mandates online poker companies form partnerships with Belgian casinos in order to win a license for online poker, casino and sports betting.
Party Poker now joins three other groups offering online poker to Belgians. Pokerstars/Circus Group controls one license. Golden Palace/Casino De Spa owns another, with Partouche/Casino de Dinant owning the third.
This agreement should put an end to the long-running battle between Bwin and Belgian gambling commission. ISPs in Belgium had blocked access to Party Poker, briefly detained BWin’s CEO Norbert Teufelberger in Brussells in November, with Belgian players facing stiff fines if they continued to play online with Party Poker. Party Poker in turn filed a lawsuit against the gaming commission, claiming the license requirements were against EU law.
Teufelberger and his bwin.party co-chief executive Jim Ryan, said in a press release, “We are excited to have reached an agreement with Partouche to offer our market-leading products under license to consumers in Belgium. Following recent developments in Belgium and after further dialogue with the local regulator, we have put our differences of opinion behind us and are now focused on the immediate commercial opportunity.
“Together with our new partner we are now in the process of securing the necessary approvals to meet the requirements set by the BGC and do not expect any interruption to our service for customers in Belgium.”
Jacques Frojman, CEO of Belcasinos and Partouche Belgium, said:
“bwin.party is a market leader in online gaming with strong brands in sports betting, poker and casino. We are thrilled to be working with such a quality partner in Belgium.”
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49% of the UK population have no opinion on if to keep TV gaming legal or outlaw it.
But the most surprising result of this survey was that 28% of the population is in favor of keeping television gambling legal.
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1000 households participated in the survey which was random for anonymity so that the interest in television could be monitored.
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Young Su Gy and Wokyung Kim traveled all the way from South Korea to play Macao-style-midi-Baccarat but they decided to stack the deck to give them the upper hand.
Many times last Autumn, Young Su Gy used a holdout device concealed in their sleeves so they could change the cards for their own and get an advantage.
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Kim was the lookout and distraction to Foxwoods Casino staff and helped shield Young Su Guy`s actions from other players at the tables or watching the players from behind.
The South Korean duo wagered and won many hundreds of thousands of dollars using deceptive ways to cheat the casino.
The pair confessed to cheating the casino of up-to $1million and they got one year in jail with a three years probation but they also had to pay back over $800`000 of their ill gotten gains.
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