Panorama of the Gambling Sector in Germany

Private and foreign operators face prohibitions on entry to the German gambling sector. Gaming is governed by Federal and regional entities in Germany. The gambling laws of Germany have created a quasi-state monopoly with only exceptional private operators permitted in the gambling industry. The conditions for licensing commercial gambling operations are strict, as compared with those for licensing charitable gambling. This article informs on those German gambling operations controlled by the Federal and regional Government and to what degree private operation of gambling services is allowed.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What types of gambling activities are governed by the Federal Government of Germany?
What types of gambling activities are governed by German regional entities --“länder?”
To what degree is private operation permitted in the gambling sector of Germany?

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