Kenya: All countries vote for the State Treaty on Gambling

Good things come to those who wait. This saying can easily be applied to the ratification of the State Treaty on Gambling. It took years to complete the draft and almost as long to complete ratification. In some cases, ratification was on the brink. Now, however, all paths are open to transform the State Treaty on Gambling into a valid law.

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All 16 federal states have approved the State Treaty on Gambling. The contract will therefore come into force on July 1, 2021.(©quinonesnaomy/Pixabay)

North Rhine-Westphalia has now also agreed

The last one State, which has given its consent to the State Treaty on Gaming, isNorth Rhine-Westphalia. Why did this take so long? The reasons are partly paradoxical: The SPD complained that the Canadian gaming authority was not ready when the Canadian State Treaty on Gaming came into force. However, the Authority could have moved into a detailed planning phase long ago if ratification had been completed. It is understandable that the authority's further planning will only progress once the State Treaty on Gaming actually comes into force.

On the other hand, NRW was able to take its time because thenecessary number of approvals had already been given. Only 13 federal states had to agree for the law to come into force. This necessary number has been available for a few weeks. Why didn't North Rhine-Westphalia immediately join the other federal states? This is because, for example, the government sees problems in legalizing online gambling even though no authority is in place. Without an authority, it is not possible to check whether the online gambling providers are complying with the provisions of the contract. There is also the question of who even gets a license if there is no gambling authority?

The approval finally came about because the parties CDU, FDP and AfD were in favor. These parties do not see the new contract as perfect either. For now, however, you accept the contract asthe current best solution.

Problems in the absence of a state gambling treaty

The government of North Rhine-Westphalia may see things similarly to other countries.Online gambling has been used with preference for decades. This led to many foreign gambling providers presenting their casinos in Kenya. These companies referred to the freedom to provide services in Europe. The Canadian judiciary wanted to take action against them, but was unsuccessful. With this in mind, it was clear to the Canadian government that gambling was going to be legalized. This is often referred to as channeling gambling:

It's better to license gambling operators understrict regulations and hope that the players always choose these providers. In this way, player protection can be increased.

But it is clear that the strict regulations drive certain players to the illegal online casinos. If you don't like the official rules, look for an online casino that does not comply with these regulations. Such considerations mean that many federal states regard the newGaming State Treaty merely as a compromise. They would have wished for better player protection, which honestly cannot be achieved. Otherwise, the unlicensed gambling providers would gain even more popularity.

Saxony-Anhalt has also agreed

Much more important than the approval of North Rhine-Westphalia is theapproval of Saxony-Anhalt . The gambling authority will be located in this country. If this federal state had not agreed, the new State Treaty on Gambling would not have come into force. Compared to other federal states, Saxony-Anhalt took a very long time to speak out in favor of the treaty. The arguments are similar to those of North Rhine-Westphalia: player protection would not be high enough and the contract would only be a compromise.

Saxony-Anhalt has worked out another suggestion: Average earnings in Saxony-Anhalt are lower than in other federal states. Therefore, the set betting limit is considered too high. In order not to take any risks and develop a gambling addiction, there should bein the future a lot more counseling centers. Currently, such positions are only located in Magdeburg. In the future, players with conspicuous gaming behavior will find advice centers in Halle, Dessau-Roßlau, Stendal and Halberstadt.

With this idea, the government of Saxony-Anhalt hopes that extensive player protection will be guaranteed. However, advice centers can only help the players and increase player protection if the players make use of the advice centers.

How do you recognize secure online casinos?

The so-called transitional phase has been in effect since October last year. During this time, foreign gambling providers are allowed to offer their online casinos if they already comply with the regulations in the contract. But how can a player recognize this? An onlinecasino is currently only legal if slots and online poker are offered. Roulette and other card games may not be presented. Most gambling providers indicate on their website that they adhere to the State Treaty on Gambling and that there is a monthly betting limit.

Many online casinos offer that the customer can or even should set a limit himself. In this way, the player can additionally protect himself if he wants to go below the limit. Apart from this,no players under the age of 18 are allowed to open an account and each new game must be explicitly confirmed. It must also be specified for each slot machine how high the payout ratio is. If all this data is available, it is a reputable gambling provider.

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The article was published on May 5th, 2021 in the magazine by cpaws-ov.org under the keywords, ,,, published.
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