Gambling Management S.A. (Casino de Namur) operates the www.pokerstars.be site under the terms of an applicable gaming license issued by the Belgium Gaming Commission. Gambling Management S.A. has entered into an agreement with us to offer online games.
At PokerStars we strive to assist and protect players who are at risk of the potential negative effects of gambling. Through a number of means, including self-exclusion tools, guidance on responsible gaming, risk identification and player verification we are helping customers keep in control of their gaming so they can enjoy playing.
We believe in educating our players to empower them through knowledge, which is why we have a number of helpful tools to ensure that playing time is always enjoyable.
What we can do to help you
What you can do to help yourself
Any underage player who has provided dishonest or inaccurate information regarding their true age may have all winnings forfeited and could face criminal prosecution.
If you have children or teenagers in your household, take extra care to secure your computer and mobile devices.
Under the header of BLUFF!, the Gaming Commission has set up a prevention campaign aimed at youngsters aged 14-18.
For the campaign, the Gaming Commission also made a film, an educational kit and an educational board game. The aim of the campaign is to reach the widest possible number of young people. As such, they have put together a prevention kit that is available free of charge to all secondary schools in Belgium. Furthermore, a free prevention kit is also available to help organisations and youth associations.
The Gaming Commission takes the protection of players to heart. An important aspect of this protection is seeing to it that young people stay on their guard when it comes to gambling. Sadly, all too often they are exposed to games of chance and the 'get rich quick' dream that comes with it. Even though poker, for instance, is enjoying huge success, including among youngsters, games of chance are not without risk. The Gaming Commission is keen to do everything it can to keep young people alert by drawing their attention to the dangers that games of chance may involve. The BLUFF! prevention campaign is wholly conducive to this aim.
For more information regarding BLUFF!, please visit the Gaming Commission website here. To be sent the Gaming Commission’s free prevention kit, please send an email request here or call the phone number 02/213.42.75.
As a poker operator authorised by the Belgian Gaming Commission, Pokerstars.be adheres to the legal requirement to not offer any bonuses to its players.
This bonus restriction has been the case since the 1 March 2020, when the Royal Decree on bonusing came into effect.
PokerStars.be commits to follow the ethical and responsible advertising and marketing outlined in the 2016 agreement on advertising of games of chance of the Belgian Association of Gaming Operators (BAGO). PokerStars.be undertakes to bring responsible communication that protects the player and doesn’t encourage problematic gaming behavior.
Advertising to minors is strictly prohibited and age restrictions are highlighted in all communications. The target audience is also reminded to play responsibly and moderately.
The BAGO agreement also states that any advertisements or other communications may not:
We provide you with the ability to exclude yourself from playing for various periods of time.
To do this, go to the main lobby of the desktop software, select ‘More’ > ‘Tools’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’ > ‘Exclude me from playing’ i. On mobile, go to ‘More’ > ‘Settings & Tools’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’. On the website, login then go to ‘Account’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’.
Please note that all self-exclusions and time outs are irreversible for the duration of the specified time. In addition, all self-exclusion periods are inclusive of all games. Your self-exclusion will apply to your Stars Account, and to any product that requires your username to play, and covers both real money and play money activity.
If you want to block yourself from a particular game, go to the main lobby of the desktop software, select ‘More’ > ‘Tools’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’ > ‘Restrict Table Limit’ i and set your limit to ‘Don’t play’.
If you would like to close your account or exclude it between six months and three years, please visit our Help Center to find out ways to contact us.
If you wish to self-exclude from all online gambling activity, consider downloading gamban®, software that helps you by blocking access to all online gambling.
You may also wish to investigate GamBlock, a software application that limits a computer’s access to online gaming sites.
Request an access ban with the Gaming Commission
If you are considering a self-exclusion, you may also want to request an access ban from all gambling companies licensed in Belgium. For more information, you may want to contact the Belgian Gaming Commission via their website or by filling out this form.
In Belgium, players can be denied access to real or virtual gaming establishments of class I and II and virtual gaming establishments of class IV for various reasons:
Since 2004, Belgium has the Excluded Persons Information System (EPIS), an electronic system that bundles all excluded players. When entering a real or virtual casino or slot machine arcade, or a virtual betting office, it is mandatory to register the name, the first name and the date of birth of the player in EPIS to check whether he may be allowed to enter. This is undoubtedly a very powerful instrument in the fight against gambling addiction.
You may also file a complaint by sending an email here.
If you choose to play online, there are some general guidelines that can help make your playing experience safer, and reduce the risk of problems occurring:
If you believe that playing games might be a hindrance to your life rather than a form of entertainment, we want to help you. First, please review the following questions:
If you answered “Yes” to several of these questions, we encourage you to visit Gamblers Anonymous.
You can take the test in its entirety at one of the following websites:
There are risk factors that can contribute to the development of gambling issues and make it more difficult to stop gambling. Players can be more at risk if they:
The more factors that apply, the more likely a person is to develop a gambling problem.
If you are finding it hard to stop gambling, or if you’re already suffering from consequences related to your gambling behavior, it may be time to get help.
The Gaming Commission has also published a brochure for problem players, which is available in six languages. This brochure contains a form with which a player can request exclusion from the gaming establishments. In this way, it is easier for problem players to take a step towards a cure. Pathological gambling is, after all, a genuine illness that was recognized in 1982 by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
We offer you the option to set different Responsible Gaming limits to help you play responsibly. You can set these limits by following these instructions, depending on how you are accessing our services:
Log in and go to ‘Account’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’
Log in and select ‘More’ > ‘Tools’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’ i
After logging in go to ‘Menu’ (Android) or ‘More’ (iOS), then ‘Settings & Tools’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’
Set limits on your real money deposits
We believe that you should be allowed to manage your own budget for playing online. We allow you to restrict your own weekly real money deposit limits. Of course, those limits may be no higher than the ones we already have for your account.
Important: In line with Belgian Regulations, you are limited to a maximum cumulative amount of 500 USD deposit per week. You can always choose to decrease this amount, but no increase is allowed.
Restricting cash game table limits and tournament limits
Setting table limits and tournament limits provides individual players with an opportunity to control their spending by limiting themselves from playing certain table limit stakes, as well as tournament buy in limits.
If you want any restriction in place permanently or for a designated time, please visit our Help Center to find out ways to contact us with your request.
Restricting withdrawal cancelation
You have the option to restrict yourself from cancelling your withdrawals once they have been requested. You can apply this by going to the main lobby in our desktop client and selecting ‘More’ > ‘Tools’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’ > ‘Restrict Withdrawal Cancellation’ i.
If you activate this feature, you will disable your ability to cancel pending withdrawals on your account and we will not cancel your withdrawals at your request. This restriction is permanent and it will not be possible to restore your ability to cancel your withdrawals once you have activated it.
We believe players should play for fun and entertainment. But some players who engage in recreational gambling do not believe they could become addicted, and sometimes hold onto false beliefs or myths about problem gambling that can lead to denial and other problems. Some of the more common myths are listed below. Click ‘More’ to read on.
Myth: A compulsive gambler gambles every day.
Fact: A problem gambler may gamble frequently or infrequently. If a person’s gambling is causing psychological, financial, emotional, marital, legal or other consequences for themselves and the people around them, then they could be displaying signs of a gambling problem.
Myth: A compulsive gambler will bet on anything and gamble at any opportunity on any form of gambling.
Fact: Most problem gamblers have a favorite form of gambling that causes them problems and are not likely to be tempted by betting on other things. For example, a gambler who makes weekly trips to the race track may not be tempted by lottery tickets or slot machines. Some compulsive gamblers also engage in secondary forms of gambling, but these are not usually as problematic.
Myth: Gambling only becomes a problem when you lose every last penny. Compulsive gambling is just a financial problem.
Fact: How much money you win or lose does not determine if you have a gambling addiction. Compulsive gamblers may win big and then lose all their earnings the next day, or they may only bet a certain amount each time. Typically, those with gambling problems will incur enough debt that the financial consequences of their behavior begins impacting their lives, but that is not always the case.
Myth: It’s not possible to become addicted to something like gambling.
Fact: Certain activities, such as gambling, can be just as addictive as drinking or doing drugs. Gambling may produce a euphoria that encourages a compulsive gambler to keep repeating the behavior to achieve that effect. As with drugs and alcohol, a gambling addict may develop a tolerance for gambling and take bigger and bigger risks to achieve that euphoria. A compulsive gambler will give in to a craving for gambling by doing it more often, regardless of the negative consequences. As with any other addictions and compulsive behavior, pathological gamblers may also be in denial about their behavior, and may not believe they have a problem at all.
Myth: Only irresponsible people become addicted to gambling.
Fact: Many problem gamblers hold, or have held, responsible community positions. In addition, even people with a long history of responsible behavior are vulnerable to developing a gambling problem. It is common for people to believe that those suffering from addictions are weak-willed and irresponsible. But anybody can become addicted to gambling, no matter how responsible they are.
Myth: Compulsive gambling isn’t really a problem if the gambler can afford it.
Fact: Problems caused by excessive gambling are not just financial. If a person’s gambling is interfering with their ability to act in accordance with their values, then there is a problem. For example, too much time spent on gambling means less time to spend with family, friends and others. It can lead to relationship breakdown and loss of important friendships.
Myth: It’s easy to recognize a compulsive gambler.
Fact: Problem gambling has been called the hidden addiction. It is very easy to hide as it has few recognizable symptoms, unlike alcohol and drug use. Many problem gamblers themselves do not recognize they have a gambling problem. Problem gamblers often engage in self-denial.
Myth: If I keep gambling, my luck will change and I'll win back the money I've lost.
Fact: Each time you place a bet, the outcome is completely independent of the previous bet. This means that the odds are no more in your favour on the tenth bet than they were on the first bet. Risking more, or playing longer, will not improve your chances of winning.
Myth: I have a feeling that today is my lucky day. I just know I’m going to win.
Fact: Hoping, wishing, or even needing to win money has absolutely no influence on the outcome of a game of chance.
If any of these myths are realities for you or a loved one, it may be necessary to consider seeking treatment for a gambling addiction. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, please contact one of the organizations that we recommend.
If you feel you might have a gambling problem, and seek further advice or counselling, you can visit these web sites:
If you have a problem with your play or if you know somebody who does, here is a list of several services for help with this in Belgium, among others available on the Belgian Gaming Commission website here.
Centre de Guidance de Louvain-la-Neuve
Maison du social de la province de Liège
Joueurs Anonymes de Liège – Marc Crijns
Clinique du jeu pathologique Dostoïevski – CHU Brugmann
You can also contact:
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