Germany tightens the screws for local gamblers 11.01.2015

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A young German painter and decorator was feeling pretty lucky when he won €201,500 playing blackjack online in July and August 2011. His luck left him as soon as he decided to withdraw the winnings from his bank account. The size of the 5 withdrawals he made attracted the attention of German Financial Services Authorities.

The raid at his home revealed that he was hiding €73,490 in a shoe box in the attic. He has convinced authorities that €10,000 of that amount belonged to his mother and the remaining sum was confiscated.

The gambler was also charged with a €2,100 fine for contravening Section 285 of Germany´s Criminal Code, the player’s fine calculated to be 70 daily fines of €30 each. As S285 states :

“Whosoever participates in a public game of chance (Section 284) shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding 180 daily units.”

Online gambling and poker are illegal in Germany although according to statistics Germany is one of the biggest online gambling markets in the world. Despite the fact that online gambling is illegal in the country, this is the first time a German resident has been prosecuted for it.

That means that the authorities are ready to start targeting gamblers in Germany.

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