WOGLR: German casinos struggle in the face of modern gaming

By Dr. Wulf Hambach, published in World Online Gambling Law Report (WOGLR) issue October 2013 p 11 Player migration to internet adds to land-based casino woes Whereas the private land-based casino of Berlin (Novomaticowned, for many years the partner casino of PokerStars European Poker Tour) is celebrating its No. 1 ranking as the strongest casino of…


Too expensive, too dangerous: Regulated online poker is unsuitable for money laundering

By Ansgar Lange, published on ISA-Guide: http://www.isa-guide.de/english-news/articles/93889.html Vienna, September 2013. Whenever in recent years discussions in the context of the German inter-state treaty on gambling (GlüStV) have touched on the issue of the regulation of the online poker market, critics of such regulation argued with the horror scenario of money laundering – an argument which up…


Germany´s Online Gaming Market 2013 – Welcome to the (license) jungle!

By Dr. Wulf Hambach, published as whitepaper for WrB Germany 2013 Germany’s gambling regulation remains torn. Although the former maverick state Schleswig-Holstein officially joined the regime of the Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ITG) of the other 15 states at the beginning of 2013, this much more liberal Gaming Reform Act (GRA) has to remain applicable…


Germany: The hottest candidate for infringement proceedings?

By Dr. Wulf Hambach and Maximilian Riege, published in World Online Gambling Law Report (WOGLR) issue March 2013 p 6 -7 The complexities created by the existence of two contradictory gaming regulations in Germany are rife – for example ‘online poker’: a game of skill or a game of chance? – licensed and banned at…


BGH Refers German Gambling Regulations to the ECJ

This is a translation of the article “BGH legt deutsche Glücksspielregulierung dem EuGH vor” written by Dr. Wulf Hambach, Maximilian Riege published at  http://www.lto.de/recht/hintergruende/h/bgh-beschluss-i-zr-17110-gluecksspielregulierung-vorlage-eugh-staatsvertrag-schleswig-holstein/ Not only the Commission, but also the BGH now has its doubts regarding the German gambling system. Does the special act in Schleswig-Holstein on its own render void the inter-state treaty between…