German States Seek Online Gambling Payment Blocking

German states led by Lower Saxony are sending out letters to warn online gambling companies to stop offering online poker and casino or face having transactions blocked and executives arrested.

The warning letters, which threaten prison sentences, follow dozens of prohibition orders issued by Lower Saxony and other German authorities seeking to shut unlicensed websites.

The effort is similar to German officials’ attempts several years ago to get internet service providers to block websites — efforts that were not successful in the courts, said Munich-based gambling law attorney Wulf Hambach. 

“I don’t think this time they will be successful either,” he said. 

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