A Munich court has issued what could prove to be a landmark ruling on the status of grey market iGaming operators in Germany, ruling that players can be prosecuted for gambling on unlicensed sites, after fining a player who spent significant amounts playing online blackjack in 2011.

The District Court of Munich ruled that section 285 of Germany’s Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch) can be interpreted as meaning that no individual can be involved in illegal public gambling. The ruling concerns a 25 year-old painter and decorator who had gambled on a Gibraltar-licensed casino site, and could open the door for further prosecutions against players who gamble on unlicensed sites.

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