Germany Online Gambling Divide Far from Consensus

Published Saturday, January 01, 2011 -

The European Union is making a strong statement to the world when it allows certain rules of commerce to be ignored for one reason or another, that statement being we are a growing union that adapts to change rather than forcing issues. A civilized society can have dialogue that works, for every situation as in Germany for instance. The State Gambling Treaty in Germany banning online gambling lapses on January 1, 2012.

The country is split on the allowing of offshore and other European Union member states offering gambling services effectively giving up of their monopolies.
Sixteen federal states in Germany must find common ground but have been unable to do so. In a nut shell the country is divided on three options, the strict approach, the open market and the in betweens.
The state premier of Saxony-Anhalt, Wolfgang Boehmer, said that everyone had agreed to maintain the state monopoly on lotteries but the divisions showed in the other areas of online gambling.

Other states hold completely different view and are thinking positively about opening online casinos to private operators. The northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, plans to issue online sports betting, casino and poker licenses to private operators in 2011 and have a regulated online gambling regime in operation by January 1, 2012.
The Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia and other Social Democrat-governed states want to maintain as much of their hold on the market as possible with the sports betting market kept strictly under government control of all revenues. Politicians in some parts of Germany don’t seem to get it, regulation and licensing is the only way to get a piece of the pie and make it fair.  Most of the funds wagered in the different sectors of online gambling in Germany are going to the unregulated market. Research company  Gold Media provided data suggesting as much as €7.3 billion of the €7.8 billion put on the line in Germany in 2009, or 94%, went to unregulated online gambling.



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