ZfWG: Europäisches und deutsches Geldwäscherecht

By Dr. Wulf Hambach et al, published in ZfWG 6/16 S. 417 ff. Summary: The implementation of the 4. EU-AML-Directive will not cause significant burdens or disadvantages for online gaming providers compared to the current AML regime in Germany. However, the legislator should take the chance to implement an enhanced and consistent regulation for all types…


WOGLR: The EC’s recommendations on consumer protection

Published by Dr. Wulf Hambach and Dr. Alan Littler in World Online Gambling Law Report (WOGLR) issue January 2015 p. 12 The European Commission (the ‘EC’) released recommendations regarding consumer protection in the online gambling industry in July 2014 – a measure that is very distinct from its powers to regulate competition in the European…


Commentary on Betting and Gaming Law in the Media

Ed. Streinz/Liesching/Hambach, Authors of Hambach & Hambach: Dr. Wulf Hambach, Claus Hambach, LL.M., Dr. Stefan Bolay, Yasmin Sirch, Maximilian Riege, Dr. Bernd Berberich, Alexander Pfütze, LL.M. 1st edition 2014, published by Verlag C. H. Beck, Munich The New Gaming Law Regime  has been in force since 2012. It has partially liberalised the gaming market and…


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…


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…


iGB: European Legal Outlook 2013 – Germany

By Dr. Wulf Hambach, published in iGamingBusiness, issue 77, November/December 2012 Hope and fear for the online gambling industry – the EU has to intervene… The European gambling market remains a regulatory construction site, and Germany is anything but innocent in this regard. Whilst large parts of Europe have in the mean time passed modern…


LTO: EU-Aktionsplan zum Online-Glücksspiel – Deutschland pokert mit hohem Risiko

von Dr. Wulf Hambach, Maximilian Riege, veröffentlicht in Legal Tribune ONLINE, http://www.lto.de/persistant/a_id/7393/ Online-Poker kennt keine nationalen Grenzen. Deshalb nimmt sich EU-Binnenmarkt-Kommissar Barnier mit seinem am Montag vorgestellten “Aktionsplan zum Online-Glücksspiel” des Themas an. Er fordert mehr Verbraucherschutz und Kooperation zwischen den Mitgliedstaaten. Dass der deutsche Glücksspielstaatsvertrag den europäischen Vorstellungen entspricht, bezweifeln Wulf Hambach und Maximilian Riege. Den vollständigen…


WOGLR: Confused: the state of online gambling in Germany

By Dr. Wulf Hambach and Maximilian Riege, Hambach & Hambach, published in World Online Gambling Law Report – August 2012 The German online gaming market is in a state of transition following the newly elected coalition government in Schleswig-Holstein and the recently enacted Interstate Treaty. The situation in Germany is far from clear in regards to…