Playing poker online or in virtual casinos (eg: 더킹카지노) – should be allowed from mid-2021. The federal states agreed on a new State Treaty on Gaming. But they want to put a stop to unlimited gaming.
According to information from the ARD capital studio, the federal states have agreed on a draft State Treaty on gaming. Accordingly, previously illegal games of chance on the Internet such as online poker, online casinos, or online slot machine games should be allowed in the future. Tight guidelines for player safety are also planned. For example, there should be a monthly deposit limit of 1000 euros for games of chance on the Internet.
Player protection should be guaranteed
A lock file is also to be introduced in which gamblers with self-locking or third-party locks are to be recorded. This applies to online casinos, online poker, and sports betting. The lock file is kept by a new Germany-wide supervisory authority.
Providers must keep all game data available to the authority for control purposes – this should check whether the course of the game has been manipulated to the detriment of the avid gamers or regardless of whether regulatory considerations have been broken.
Providers must set up a game account for each player. Organizers of sports betting, online casino games, online poker, and virtual slot machine games on the Internet must use an “automated system” for the early detection of gamblers who are at risk of gambling addiction and gambling addiction.
Advertising permitted under conditions
In the future, internet gambling may also be advertised under certain conditions. Sports betting on the Internet is to be expanded significantly compared to the earlier legal scenario. Event wagers are permitted as stated – but there should be restrictions on live betting in view of the risk of manipulation.
The federal states had long struggled to reorganize the German gaming market. This is necessary because there have been massive changes in the past few years with a boom in previously unregulated games of chance on the Internet. Schleswig-Holstein is currently the only federal state to have issued licenses for online gambling.
Regulation may apply from July 2021
An agreement has now been reached under the leadership of the North Rhine-Westphalian State Chancellery. The prime ministers are to approve the new state treaty in principle at the beginning of March. It then still has to be formalized by specific state parliaments. The new treaty is due to come into force on July 1, 2021 – then the previous one will expire.