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The offer for gamblers in Germany has never been as big as it is now. While about ten years ago only the land-based gaming halls served as contact points, online casinos have long since outstripped their stationary competitors. More and more players are placing their bets online. And that, although the gambling regulation in Germany in the area of online casinos is anything but transparent. But how will this develop in the future? Can players in the coming months rely on a better regulated industry?

Many online casinos operate in a grey zone

To understand the current problems surrounding the State Treaty on Gaming in Germany, a few years into the past must be looked at. Here in 2012 the federal states agreed to adopt the new State Treaty on Gaming . After a transition period of five years, for example, the number of gaming establishments in Germany should be significantly reduced. Online Casinos were not really on the rise at that time and were therefore not included in the State Treaty on Gaming. After short time the picture changed however, because in the Land Schleswig-Holstein a new government came to power. And that had a completely different attitude to gambling, so that zügig the exit from the gambling state treaty was decided.

Schleswig-Holstein made itself thereupon to its own regulation of gambling and is considered in this regard as country-wide model. After all Schleswig-Holstein is at present the only federal state, which assigns own licenses to national and private enterprises. Here the players can use thus the offers of the licensed Casinos problem-free and are thus in the advantage in relation to the other Lands of the Federal Republic . Here there is still no regulation for online casinos, which is why they are active in a kind of grey zone. With a license from Malta the distribution of the games is completely legal, because this license is valid all over Europe. However, most providers do not have an official license from Germany.

Bundesländer do not find any agreement

The fact that the situation in Germany is currently so confusing can be explained above all by the disagreement of the various federal states. These are completely different to gambling and do not all want to follow the way from Schleswig-Holstein in the future. However, the model from the north has proved to be enormously successful in recent years. It is hardly surprising that Schleswig-Holstein does not want to deviate from its “master plan” . However, there have already been delicate political attempts to finally bring all the federal states back to the same table. Recently the Drug Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Germany Marlene Mortler called on a press conference to do so, at the same time various politicians CDU initiate exploratory talks with the individual states.

Although there will already be far-reaching changes in the coming year, it is still unclear. The fact is that time is of the essence. 2021 because the gambling state treaty runs out already again . Should no regulation be found so far, the total chaos threatens. By the way, time is pressing for the state, but also from a financial point of view. After all, enormous sums of tax revenue go through the hands of the tax authorities year after year, while most of the players’ money is carried abroad. Further pressure does not come surprisingly from the domestic gambling industry. While the providers with a German licence are being increasingly restricted, these requirements cannot be transferred to providers with a foreign licence. Thus a clear disadvantage results for the domestic enterprises, which do not want to accept this circumstance.

Other nations are clearly further

Germany is clearly behind many other nations in the range of the gambling regulation. In England, for example, the British Gambling Commission was founded a few years ago, which is responsible for the control and monitoring of online casinos and bookmakers. The authority is regarded as incredibly strict and has just in the last few months with high fines for violations to draw attention to itself. In Denmark, gambling for players is also possible without any problems with state and private providers – nationwide. The Danes enjoy a first-class reputation in Europe with this approach and have had some successes in the past. It has become much more difficult for gambling companies in Italy, for example, where advertising at sporting events has been banned.

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