Monday, February 14, 2005Contact: Maurits Bruggink
Belgian online gambler spends 25 per month

According to figures by their Minister of Finance, 90 thousand Belgians spent around 27 million euros per year on online gambling. That would make an average of 25 for each gambler per month.

In response to parliamentarian questions last week, the Minister admitted that Belgium does not control internet gambling, something that is illustrated by the laisser-faire politics on advertising for on-line gambling. Although the activity of online gaming is illegal in Belgium, there is massive advertising by off-shore operators that remains unpunished.

The Minister is currently waiting for the outcome of a study on compulsive gambling that would form a basis of new government policy. Regulating online gaming is one of the options mentioned by government officials.

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