The spread of the novel Coronavirus has resulted in the shut down of gyms, educational institutions, casinos, hotels etc. all over the world. Live poker tours and series/tournaments have all been cancelled or postponed due to the highly transferable disease. However, all this has resulted in a steady increase in the number of players making their way towards online felts. With this inflow of players into online gambling and games, Germany has finally agreed to legalize online casino and poker after a recent meeting in Berlin.
According to the media reports, Deutschland has legalized online casino and poker and the new regulations will be into action starting from the 1st of July 2021. These changes are a result of the amendments to the Fourth Interstate Treaty on gambling. This will lead to full concession for native players on online casino and poker.
This change will be introduced at a slow pace due to the fact that the regulatory body, Glücksspiel Neuregulierung Staatsvertrag /GlüändStv/ will be introducing online casinos and poker among legal ways to play online. Sport betting will be the only thing which will be allowed for companies who have a registered license from Darmstadt Regional Council. 30 companies have submitted an application so far with 20 other companies looking to obtain a license to provide sports books.
New guidelines are going to be formed for sports betting. Live betting is said to be limited to a certain degree. Other than poker and sports betting, most of the other casino games will be completely allowed including Slots, which will run in a slightly more restrictive environment given their popularity. Bet per spin is limited to €1 with a minimum deposit of €1000. Slots will also need to be advertised and offered separately from all other table games and the operators will be unable to advertise between 6 am to 9 pm.
According to the head of the Schleswig-Holstein State Chancellery, “The intention is to create a suitable alternative to illegal gambling and to counteract the development and spread of illegal gambling into black markets.” The German Online Casino Association (DOCV) issued a statement, “With the legalization of online casinos, this highly desirable market becomes not only visible but also controllable and secure.”
A new gambling regulator is set to be established in the state of Saxony-Anhalt.
Baden-Württemberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein were all interested in being the hosts to this body. Therefore, the German lawmakers have issued a warning that strict action will be taken against all unlicensed gambling websites that target German residents. An approximate of 100 such operators have officially been warned, while 10 others have already been selected to exit the German market!
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