The long-awaited new rules on gambling in Germany have finally been approved after the proposals, that will include the regulation of online casino and poker gaming were signed off this weekend.
At a meeting of the country’s state leaders in Berlin, lawmakers approved the regulations, known as the Fourth Treaty, which will have effect from 1 July, 2021. They also confirmed the base of the new Germany regulatory body.
The treaty, known as the Glucksspielneuregulierungstaatsvertrag (GlüNeuRStv), expands the nationally regulated online market beyond online sports betting for the first time. It will now go before each of the state’s parliaments before being submitted to the European Commission. Once the Commission have approved it, the rules can be implemented.
And, according to reports in the German media, the new gambling sector will have a new regulator, which is set to be the state of Sachsen-Anhalt. A number of states, including Nordrhein-Westfalen, Schleswig-Holstein, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse – the current regulator under the Third State Treaty, had expressed an interest in hosting the regulatory body.
Reports also suggest that there have been no significant changes to the drafts of the Treaty that had already been made public. This means that there will be significant restrictions on a number of gambling sectors. In the case of sports betting, this means that live betting will be limited to markets on the next scorer or the final result, while slots games will have a €1 per spin limit applied. Slots games must also be offered separately to table games, and both jackpots and autoplay are banned. In addition, the limit on deposits of €1,000, introduced by the Third Treaty, will remain.
Until the end of June next year, the Third Treaty will remain in force, although the body with oversight of the online betting sector, the Regional Council of Darmstadt, has yet to award its first licences. Last month it revealed that there had been 30 applications, and another 20 operators had indicated that they were interested in applying.