Politicians and gaming executives in Germany have condemned a clause in the country's State Treaty on Gambling (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag) to ban amusement with prize (AWP) machines as playing into the hands of illegal operators.

Speaking at the 32nd International trade show for amusement and vending machines (IMA) in Düsseldorf, chairman of the Freie Demokratische Partei (FDP) in Schleswig-Holstein Wolfgang Kubicki warned that banning the machines would damage legitimate businesses and see the country’s illegal gambling market grow rapidly.

“Players will be forced to turn toward illegality,” Kubicki explained. “If you enforce a ban, you have to accept that the black market will grow.”

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