Looks like what happens in the US can also happen in the EU. Norbert Teufelberger from Bwin and chairman for the European and Betting and Gaming Association (EGBA) was at a conference this afternoon where he was approached by the police, detained and questioned.
All this has to do with Bwin.party’s current blacklist and operational activities in Belgium as they have been listed as an unlicensed operator. He will be questioned specifically on why the company continues to run two (bwin.com and www2.bwin.com) operations in Belgium even after the blacklist notifications.
A spokesman for the Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC), stated: “He is permitted to make his speech, and after that he has to answer questions and explain why bwin is not following the rules with regards to offering games of chance [in Belgium]. Further adding, “Based on his answers the public prosecution will decide whether he will remain in custody”.
To add to all of this, Bwin has been in a legal dispute with the BGC and its initial appeal against its blacklisting was dismissed in June, however they continue to fight this case and now this new detaining incident will surely influence, expedite and resolve the legal battle.