Schleswig-Holstein Extends Online Gaming Framework

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This week the parliament of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein voted to approve of the re-introduction of a bill that includes the liberalization framework for online betting through June 2021.

The move had political majority support, as the Christian Democratic Unionist (CDU), Greens, Free Democratic Party (FDP), South Schleswig Voters' Association (SSW) and Alternative for Germany (AFD) parties all backed the bill. The Social Democratic Party was the only party to oppose the bill. Under the terms of the bill, online betting companies who obtained licenses as far back as 2012 will be able to maintain their status through 2021, pending renewal applications.

Schleswig-Holstein is a major German state and the only one thus far to have legalized online betting. The regulatory scheme sees operators charged at a rate of 20% on GGR.

It appears that the state will continue its operations until the rest of Germany can get its act together. Currently, online betting is somewhat frowned upon in the country, as various states are opposed to the activity.

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21 May 2019 - 4:22pm

Well I've had never thought the online gambling is legalized in just one of the major German states, probably in the rest there are some unauthorized operators available though?