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German New Gambling Laws

Below we have tried to summarise the German new gambling laws, but we would suggest that you also read the contents of the State Treaty.

Germany’s New State Treaty Gambling Act

A new era for Online Casinos in Germany begins on the 1st of July with the announcement of the German New Gambling Laws, moreover their State Treaty on Gambling (GluNeuRStv). Operators in the jurisdiction will now offer slot games and online poker, whereas previously, sports betting was the only form of online gambling permitted in Germany.

The launch follows the Bundestag voting to approve a bill that set a controversial 5.3% tax on online slot and poker status. Germany’s sports betting association, the Deutsche Sportwettenverband (DSWV), stated the tax rate would jeopardise the success of the new gambling regulation in Germany.

What will the New Gambling Regulations Offer?

The new Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ISGT 2021) will allow for new license possibilities for sports betting, virtual slot machines and online poker for private operators. It also includes new rules for advertising at online casinos. Alongside this new treaty, the state will amend the tax regime for sports betting, online poker and virtual slot games. Furthermore, licenses issued will be valid in all of Germany.

Online Gambling licenses in Germany will be valid for five years. However, the regulation does not include online casino games. This is because they are virtual simulations of casino games like Blackjack, Roulette and live casino games

Advertising Rules

Licensed Operators such as Wildz and Wheelz Casino have to comply with the New German gambling laws. Moreover, advertise their offers according to the new rules of the ISTG 2021. Only adverts that comply with the rules below are acceptable:

  • Adverts that motivates non-players to participate is prohibited
  • Adverts explicitly aimed at minors or vulnerable persons is prohibited
  • Any form of misleading advertising
  • All adverts and editorial content has to be separate
  • Active athletes or sports officials may no longer advertise sports betting
  • General sponsorship of sports teams will remain permissible.

There will be some significant changes to German regulations when playing at any of their licensed Online Casinos. However, they always have their citizen’s interests at heart.

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