A compulsive gambler drags the state into court for letting him continue playing
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    A compulsive gambler drags the state into court for letting him continue playing

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    A compulsive gambler demands damage compensation of € 65,000 from the Minister of Justice, Koen Geens (cd & v), because he was able to continue playing despite his being blacklisted by the Commission of Games of Chance. The court recognises the problem, reported Het Nieuwsblad Wednesday.

    The complainant, a 30-year-old from Brussels, was registered in 2011 on the blacklist of the Gaming Commission. Everyone on this official list can no longer enter a gaming room or register on online betting sites.

    By the end of 2015, however, the man returned to play and was able to access the online betting sites without any problems. The person thus lost some € 65,000 between November 2015 and February 2016, a sum he now claims from the Belgian State.

    The Gambling Commission is aware of the problem. “The data of the people on the list are not always 100% correct due to transcription errors or other inaccuracies, which explains why some people still have access to casinos or online betting sites”, Explains Peter Naessens, president of the Commission of the games of chance. “Their personal data does not appear completely with their names on the blacklist. We try to avoid this by comparing their identities with the data of the civil state but it costs money. This explains why such events happen a few times a year.

    Justice will look into the dispute after the summer holidays.

    Maria Novak
    The Brussels Times