Gambling in Belgium
Belgium boasts a long and varied history of gambling. Some of the first references to playing cards anywhere in Europe come form a document from Belgium dating back to the 1300s. The country also held some of the first known lotteries as early as 1400.
Online Gambling in Belgium
Under the Belgium Gambling Act, only businesses with land-based gambling operations have the right to extend their offer online. This restriction is the reason why the Belgian Gambling Commission regularly announces the list of banned international sites in the country. However, as of January 2017, the domestic offer is far from poor, having practically all major actors in the gaming sector present in the country.