Forschungsstelle Glücksspiel, the Gambling Research Centre at the University of Hohenheim in Germany, has recommended to impose taxes on unlicensed operators in the country and to legalise online casino games.
“There is agreement that the enforcement against illegal providers on the Internet needs to be strengthened,” the Centre said.
“Currently, the offer of online casino games on the Internet is largely illegal, but still takes place. It can be assumed that some states will continue to allow online casino games or will do so in the future. Also, for player protection reasons, a regulated market is preferable to a non-regulated market,” the Centre added.
In Germany, the land-based casinos generated gross gaming revenue of €60 m in 2017 and paid €319m in casino and sales taxes. It is estimated that the illegal gambling market generated about €1.76bn for the same period.