The legal definition of a bet is as follows: “A game of chance where each player makes a stake and that results in gain or loss which is not dependent on the acts of the player but on the occurrence of uncertain events that occur without intervention of the players.” A distinction must be made between bets between players and bets against odds.

There are three types of bets. These bets fall all within the remit of the Belgian Gaming Commission:

- bets on events;
- bets on a sports event or sports competitions; 
- bets on horse races.

The Commission also fights illegal betting (e.g. cock fighting).

 

For horse racing bets, you can participate in the following bets:
- totaliser bets on horse races held in Belgium;
- totaliser bets on horse races held abroad;
- fixed odds bets on horse races held in Belgium;
- fixed odds bets on horse races held abroad.
 
The placing of bets is only permitted in betting offices or class IV gaming establishments. A distinction exists between permanent betting offices (class IV gaming establishments) and temporary betting offices on the occasion of a (sports) event (mobile class IV gaming establishments), i.e. the bookmakers.

Apart from these permanent and mobile betting offices, bets are also allowed permissible as follows:
1. through newsagents by way of an ancillary activity;
2. on the premises of horse race tracks.
 
 
In order to organise bets, you must have an F1 licence from the Gaming Commission. An F2 licence allows you to accept bets on behalf of an F1 licence holder.
The same applies to casinos and gaming arcades. Staff working at betting offices must carry a D licence.
 
 
Please remember that it is prohibited to take bets inside café premises. The bookmaker must electronically record all bets with a stake higher than the maximum amount prescribed by law.