With the exception of the National Lottery , was any form of gambling in Belgium between 1902 and 2000 , nearly 100 years at a stretch completely prohibited. Income from fees and taxes , however, were all that time (too) big temptation for the government, and so were actually illegal casinos tolerated and also include the vicissitudes of the armed bandits , the jackpots so etched in our collective memory.
In addition to semi-legal gambling , banned by the Ministry of Justice but burdened by the Ministry of Finance , there were of course the completely illegal , and there was pressure gekiend and lost seven -eleven and was gambled in back rooms and basements.
Towards the end of the millennium discontinue new technologies emerge and took some abuses and scandals the National press. But it was ultimately especially the new casino in Brussels, which is not possible without legal basis could exist , acted as a catalyst for the eventual legalization and regulation of gambling by means of the law of May 1999 .
These modern legislation included a completely new approach to the phenomenon of gambling. Then also the Gaming Commission took its entrance and the new legislation was tested in practice , many eyes focused on what happened in Belgium , then also online gambling it was integrated into the whole.
The EPIS list of excluded players and limiting the hourly loss is now the Belgian regulatory model for harmonizing the regulation of gambling in Europe