Germany’s controversial State Treaty on Gambling has suffered yet another blow after a court ruled that authorities may not prosecute players for gambling on unlicensed sites.

Last week's decision overturns the original ruling by the Munich Regional Criminal Court, which had said that Section 285 of the German Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch) could be interpreted to mean that no individual may be involved in illegal public gambling.

This was seen to set a precedent under which online casino and poker players could be prosecuted, as the State Treaty prohibits these activities.

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