Germany is a yellow-level country with partially regulated games and a lack of clarity on if the industry will be fully-regulated anytime soon.

Online Gambling Regulation in Germany

Located in the center of northern Europe, Germany touches both the North Sea and the Baltic Sea to the north-west and north-east, respectively. South of Denmark, west of Poland and east of France, this country covers more than 135,000 square miles.

An Overview of Online Gambling in Germany

The only consistent thing about the state of online gambling law in Germany over the past decade has been consistent change. For almost each and every year for quite a while now, something major has changed about the state of the industry in this country.

Each of the 16 states of Germany has a prime minister, and those figureheads came together in 2006 to put up legislation that would outright ban online gambling. It went into effect in 2008, and it was challenged in 2009. By late 2010, European Courts ruled that this ban was against European law. To bring things full circle, 2011 saw Germany offering licenses for online sports betting, and by 2012, several types of online betting were made explicitly legal through licensed operators, but it's important to note that online casino play has not yet been made explicitly legal.

Licensing in Germany

Each of Germany's 16 states issue their own licenses, and none are issued on the federal level. These licenses are given to private companies instead of government-operated sites only like some countries prefer. Sports betting, online lotteries and online poker sites can all be given licensed, but there are no licenses currently being given for online casino play at the beginning of 2015. For the time being, a number of court cases in the Court of Justice for the European Union are deciding whether or not this is acceptable according to European law.

Player Protection for Germany

For the games that are explicitly licensed and legal, you'll find that the player protection in Germany is on a fairly high level. Serious penalties are given to licensees for not doing the right thing by their players whether it's unfair resolutions to player disputes or not paying players when they are supposed to.

It's important to note, however, that player protection for illegal online casino play does not exist. In fact, the government actively goes after players who bring in big winnings through online casino play, and at least one big case has been seen at the time of this writing where the government went after an online blackjack player who booked six-figure wins.

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