A meeting of Germany’s heads of state in Berlin saw lawmakers approve gambling regulations to legalise online poker and casino from 1 July, 2021, as well as deciding on the location of the country’s new regulatory authority.
Ahead of a meeting of German lawmakers in Nordrhein-Westphalen today (19 February), the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has proposed a series of changes to ensure a successful re-regulation of the country’s igaming market.
Members of the German operator body the Deutscher Sportwettenverband (DSWV) have recommended the federal states remove the need for sports betting licensees to shut down their online casino offerings until the new State Treaty comes into effect.
Schleswig-Holstein claims that Germany’s 16 federal states have made a breakthrough in negotiations over a new State Treaty on Gambling, describing the agreed model as a “really good result” for all jurisdictions.
A year of negotiations look set to conclude with bills to legalise online gaming and sports betting passing into law in Michigan, after the Senate passed Representative Brandt Iden’s proposals by significant margins.
The District Court for Prague 1 has ruled in favour of the Czech Republic government in a long-running legal battle with land-based casino operator Casino Kartáč over online roulette. This had seen the operator look to recoup CZK6.9bn in estimated lost revenue, after a 2006 request to launch online games was rejected.
The Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has completed its impact assessment of legislation that could see the state’s first bricks and mortar casinos constructed, projecting annual tax revenue of $262m.