An illegal gambling site condemned to close in Belgium

The operator who brought the case to the Brussels Company Court is called Derby, a subsidiary of Ladbrokes. The targeted gaming site is Winorama. It is operated by the company Twino Trading, based in Curaçao and which does not have any license to operate in the sector in Belgium.

The court ordered Twino Trading to cease operating its site in Belgium under penalty of fines of 50,000 euros per day, with a maximum of 5 million.

In its order, the court emphasizes that Twino Trading did not obtain an ad hoc license from the Commission des jeux de chance (CJH) but that its site is freely accessible in Belgium and that players located in Belgium can there. register and play for money. It therefore ignores the Belgian regulations which aim to protect players against addiction and exerts unfair competition with respect to authorized operators.

“The operator of the site is established on the other side of the world, but when it hurts their wallet, generally people do”, underlines Master Jean-François Libert, council of Derby. “This will form good case law to tackle illegal sites that are bigger and closer to our borders,” he adds.

Thursday, the site seemed indeed blocked, noted the financial daily.

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