The closure of the biggest US-facing online poker sites by the Department of Justice has been grabbing the headlines in recent days, but European operators may soon have more good news to cheer closer to home as the German state of Schleswig-Holstein looks set to force through its Gaming Act, a move that would leave the rest of Germany with no gaming legislation.

The gaping chasm between the viewpoints of Schleswig-Holstein and the likes of Bavaria makes a compromise unlikely. Talks between the 16 state presidents over a new State Treaty to govern online gaming are ongoing but have been characterised as a “hard fight”.

Wolfgang Kubicki, the head of the FDP wing of the Schleswig-Holstein coalition government,  told Gaming Intelligence: “If the State Treaty will not be changed substantially, Schleswig-Holstein will pass its own law in July.

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