You can now legally gamble with approved providers of online gambling in Germany. This was made possible by a new set of rules – the State Treaty on Gaming – which was drawn up by the federal states.
Background: Inconsistent regulations in Germany and illegal gambling
The main problem in terms of online gambling in Germany so far has been that the regulation of games of chance is a matter for the states. This means that each federal state can set its own rules. The only federal state in which online gambling was previously legal was Schleswig-Holstein. However, because the online gambling market is difficult to control, it was not possible to prevent people from other federal states from gambling online. The result was the establishment of an illegal black market offer that could neither be regulated nor obliged to make tax payments, as the operators of online casinos and online sports betting facilities were based abroad. With an EU gambling license, often issued in Malta, they offered their games and bets on the German market. The federal states felt compelled to act for two reasons: uniform regulation in Germany was intended to guarantee player protection, and by granting a German license, providers should pay taxes in Germany in the future.
In the new regulation, the protection of players and minors is in the foreground
The main aim of the new State Treaty on Gambling is to protect gamers and sports betting fans from addiction to gambling like situs judi online or betting. The new guidelines, therefore, define mechanisms that providers must integrate into their online platforms, otherwise, they will not receive any German approval.
The providers of online games of chance and sports betting will in the future be obliged to regularly display information on their platforms on how much a player has already won or gambled away. The implementation of a panic button for self-locking is also provided so that a player can shut down his account for 24 hours.
Consequences for betting enthusiasts and providers
Many providers of horse betting and other sports betting welcome the new set of rules. Even if the operators have previously offered their games and bets illegally, they now have the chance to obtain a German license and henceforth to offer their services legally.