As previously announced, Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt State Administration Office has been replaced by die Glückspielbehörde (GGL) effective today, July 1. The new body is now the country’s official gambling regulator, taking over from the previous decentralized system exactly one year after the country launched the legal market for online casinos.

Under the Fourth State Treaty on Gambling, domestic online casino gambling became legal for the first time, followed by a series of restrictive measures used to protect players. Among them, there is a stake limit of €1 ($1.04) for online slot games. July 1 seems to be a lucky date for the German gaming market, so the new regulator’s battle against illegal operators may be more fruitful than expected.

GGL is ready to face the challenges

The new regulatory body has pledged to build on the tireless efforts of its predecessor by closely following the Fourth State Gambling Treaty that came into effect last July.

GGL will be busy implementing its plans to combat illegal gambling operations. This will be done with a number of specific tools such as payment blocking software and internet providers. Additional details on how these tools will be used will be released to the public in the coming days.

GGL board member Ronald Benter expressed the body’s confidence in its success in pushing the black market for German gamblers. He added that the regulator has already “created the necessary structures and processes”, also referring to the valuable expertise of his predecessor which will be taken into consideration. Benter also thanked his predecessors “for their support and advice.”

Former Saxony-Anhalt staff members will join GGL

Some of Saxony-Anhalt’s former staff members will also be part of the new regulatory body, along with newly recruited staff. The GGL will number approximately 110 employees by early 2023. This is also the time when the body will officially assume its full responsibility for regulating all forms of gambling in the country.

Nadja Wierzejewski will be just one of the members who will use her expertise as department head to fight illegal gambling and related advertising that is outside the law. With the help of the accumulated resources, the identification and closure of illegal black market gaming operators will be done at a faster pace.
The Sachsen-Anhalt State Administration Office approved nine more online poker and slot machine licenses across the country, adding them to the three previous licenses it had already issued. Last July, the body discovered 25 such illegal online gaming operators and referred them to the public prosecution for violations of the law. The cases were part of a wider national campaign aimed at cracking down on illegal operators. During the campaign, over 870 websites were inspected, 90 illegal gaming advertisements were detected and around 150 cases of illegal gaming were investigated.

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