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Top Playtech Casinos Say Goodbye to GermanyPublished January 31, 2015 by Mike P
Casino.com, Mansion, and other leading Playtech casino sites will be departing the German market at the beginning of February 2015 due to complex legislation.
Set to exit Germany on Sunday 1 February 2015 are Casino.com, Club777 Casino, Les A Casino, Mansion Casino, and Slots Heaven. Now, although those sites will continue to accept gamers who wish to play with fun-credit, no real-money bets will be permitted in Germany.
The driving force behind the decision is said to be the confusing legislative situation in Germany. At present, the country does not maintain online gambling legislation at a national level. Instead, that decision is ceded to the country’s 16 federal states. In that sense, Germany is similar to the US.
German Gambling Legislation
Back in 2008, Germany and its 16 states made horseracing the only exception in its decision to make all forms of online gambling illegal. Just two years, though, the European Court of Justice intervened on the grounds that Germany was contravening the EU’s free movement of trade legislation. Consequently, Germany was told to liberalise its online gambling legislation in 2010.
Moving forward another two years to 2012, 15 of the 16 states liberalised their legislation by legalising online sports betting in Germany. However, they refused to do the same for online casinos. But one exception was Schleswig-Holstein, where 50 licenses were approved and issued to online gambling operators.
Casino Player Fined
In spite of being a country where online casino gaming is overwhelmingly illegal, Germany residents were still able to sign up for and play with many prominent casino sites.
Now, though, it appears that Germany is ready to punish its residents that ignore the law. And at the start of January, a German online casino player found this out to his detriment when he had winnings of €63,490 confiscated.