The unfortunate German gambler's story continues 2nd Feb 2015 12:56:46

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The young man, who has won €201,500 playing blackjack online, was fined €65,000 by court.

The case against the blackjack gambler was taken to court after police has found €73,490 in cash in a shoe box at his home.

Online gambling is illegal in Germany and as the law states “Playing blackjack online on a website not licensed in German constitutes participation of a public game of chance and it therefore illegal”.

He was playing on a Gibraltar-based site that holds a United Kingdom license.

The man stated that he didn't know that online gambling was illegal and he was also misled by the fact that Boris Becker and Bayern Munich football club were advertising such services, so he didn't even think to check the law.

The court ruled that the 25-year old gambler has accepted the terms and conditions on the website, which said that playing from certain countries could be counted as illegal gambling, so he was aware of what he's been doing.

Lawyer Igor Barabash said on the site Out-Law.com:

“Unfortunately, the court did not fully evaluate whether the unlawful gambling rules under the German Criminal Code comply with EU law. There is a clear anomaly between for example, rules that allow a German person to visit a casino outside of Germany and those that prohibit the same casino games being played online within Germany.”

“What we see from this case is that German authorities do prosecute such violations. Therefore, it might cause a lot of German online players to assess whether it is worth playing games of chance on the internet if there is a chance they could be prosecuted.”

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