The Gambling Research Centre (Forschungsstelle Glücksspiel) at the University of Hohenheim, Germany has placed an interesting proposal to the German public. Forschungsstelle Glücksspiel has recommended the placement of tax on unlicensed operators in Germany and nation-wide legalization of online casino games.
“There is agreement that the enforcement against illegal providers on the Internet needs to be strengthened,” the Centre said.
“Currently, the offer of online casino games on the Internet is largely illegal, but still takes place. It can be assumed that some states will continue to allow online casino games or will do so in the future. Also, for player protection reasons, a regulated market is preferable to a non-regulated market,” the Centre added.
German land-based casinos are faring pretty well and in 2017 the operators earned a gross gaming revenue of €60. Casino and sales taxes amounted to €319m, and it is estimated that illegal gambling marker generated about €1.76bn for the same period.