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Is online gambling legal in Germany?

Discussion in 'Ask the Meister' started by kelvinlym, Apr 11, 2005.

    Apr 11, 2005
  1. kelvinlym

    kelvinlym Dormant account

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    Ulm, Germany
    Hi, just wanted to make sure, is online gambling legal in Germany?

    What about the tax issues? Are winnings taxed? I'm a student and would like to gamble a bit for fun.

    Thanks
     
  2. Apr 12, 2005
  3. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    Online gambling is not legal nor is it illegal for residents in Germany. As for illegal, there are no laws against it. As for "legal" what is meant by legal is that there are no laws to protect you if you run into a problem with an online casino. There are only laws against running a casino in Deutschland (verboten), and advertising.

    Lucky you though, winnings are tax reportable, but not taxed :D
     
  4. Apr 12, 2005
  5. kelvinlym

    kelvinlym Dormant account

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    Thanks for the prompt reply
     
  6. Apr 13, 2005
  7. schankwart

    schankwart Banned User - violation of <a href="http://www.ca

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    Hehe... I would not have known an answer on this question myself. :p ;)
     
  8. Apr 13, 2005
  9. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    Actually, here is the English version of the German Federal Criminal Code:
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    It's articles 284, 285, and 287 that concerns gaming.

    It talks about it being illegal to participate in "unlicensed" games. There are a handful of online casinos licensed in the DDR (!?). The DDR licenses never expire :D (Triple-A Casino, etc.). Right now "license" refers to a German license.

    As for the Internet, the courts have not been able to determine where the actual games take place. Is the gaming transaction made in the player's computer at home? Or does it take place on the server (wherever that may be)?

    With the EU offering gaming licenses, things are changing here. But there will be some big court battles in the future by the German Lottery and B&M casinos that want to retain their monopoly - but I doubt they will be able to apply this to the Internet community.
     
  10. Apr 13, 2005
  11. peralis

    peralis Dormant account webmeister

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    The DDR is former East Germany for those that don't know. These were B&M casino licenses - but there is no limitation to using them for the internet. A few casinos were lucky that they had these licences, so can operate legally in Germany.
     
  12. Apr 13, 2005
  13. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    The amazing thing (that I was implying with the "!" and "?") is that this country doesn't exist anymore - but the new and improved Germany allows them (the licenses) to exist. They are able to purchase advertising on mainstream media (TV, newspapers, etc.) and are publicly traded in Austria.

    Advertising in Germany is another story as Peralis and I know :D
     
  14. Apr 13, 2005
  15. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

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    Why am I not surprised?

    Too funny! :D
     

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