Casinos online operators have been warned. They must implement rules dictated by the federal gambling treaty in Germany.
The targets are the internationally licensed operators offering their products in the sixteen states in the country.
Enforcement action could be impending if compliance is not apparent. Online casino and poker is set for approval, but strict limits on deposits and slot stakes will be imposed. Betters must open a separate account for each gaming vertical.
Even with the treaty limits, internationally licensed online sportsbooks hope to receive licenses under Germany’s new framework. They may have to wait a year, but not all have shut down.
Such defiance is not amusing to officials. In fact, a working group of the heads of the state chancelleries in Bavaria, Berlin, Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia has drawn up a draft resolution. It states clearly that enforcement actions will be “concentrated on those providers who are expected to want to evade the prospective future regulation.”
What is desired for a German license is acknowledgement of the conditions. If this is acceptable, the site could be deemed “harmless” by authorities.
According to a spokesman for the Hamburg chancellery, while the state would prefer that online casino play remain illegal, it recognizes that Germany’s uncertain gambling situation cannot go on as is. “A compromise had to be found.”
The federal Gambling Advisory Board understandably advocates responsible gambling measures. It has its eye on online casino operators working illegally. The treaty should perhaps be revised with tougher stipulations to deal with “drastic deficits in prevention and player protection.”
Online casino operators holding licenses issued in the state of Schleswig-Holstein recently set limits on its marketing efforts in other states. Perhaps others will follow.