Schleswig-Holstein, one of Germany’s states, has become the country’s first entity to legalize online gambling.
Can the rest of the country be far behind?
I think not.
The move, which is anticipated to open up the whole of the German online poker market, pre-empts the Government´s efforts to introduce a new German State Gambling Treaty before the current regulations expire in December.
I think this is an excellent move by officials.
Previous to the move, the country followed the national policy of banning online gambling – a policy which was originally put in place to protect the Government´s monopoly on lotteries and sports betting .
But guess what? About 2.2 million Germans already have “offshore” accounts with a number of online poker and other gambling sites.
So…like I said. Inevitable.