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Belgium Grants Jackpot Party Gaming License

Jackpot Party has been awarded a license to operate in the tightly regulated Belgian gaming market. The move comes as the Belgian government blacklisted another ten gambling sites as part of their controversial gaming policy.

As of this writing, only six companies have been awarded the coveted A+ Gaming license for online poker including Groupe Partouche, the land-based casino operator Jackpot Party is working with on this deal. (The other licensees include PokerStars, Unibet, casino777, and Win2Day.)

In a news release, Orrin J Edidin the president of Jackpot Party’s parent company WMS had this to say on the prospect of working with Groupe Partouche:

We look forward to working collaboratively to create cross-marketing opportunities that will complement (Partouche’s) land-based casino operations by providing players with the convenience of playing at home, in addition to playing at the casino.

Since introducing new gambling regulations at the first of the year,  Belgian gaming regulators have been very stingy with the allocation of new licenses.

Some of the biggest players in the European gambling market have derided the policy as protectionist, but haven’t been able to convince EU regulators of that claim.

Do you think Belgium’s policies are too strict? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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