Player Fine For German Painter Unlikely To Draw A Precedent

A Munich court’s fine of an online gambler is unlikely to set a precedent to be followed by other cases, but it will probably make it harder for internet casino companies to market to German players, attorneys say.

The District Court of Munich has fined a 25-year-old painter from the city €2,100 (£1,645) for playing blackjack on an unidentified Gibraltar-based online casino site.

About €64,000 in winnings from the man’s account that were previously seized by authorities will also not be returned.

Although Germany’s criminal code outlaws both operation of and participation in unlicensed online gambling, “it has been a symbolic criminal offence” with few prosecutions for participation, said German gambling law attorney Martin Arendts.

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