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Rhineland-Palatinate changes the state gambling law

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate has tightened the regulations of the state gaming law to protect players.

With the “First State Law to Amend the State Gaming Act” of August 18, 2015 (GVBl. No. 9 of August 21, 2015, p. 190), changes to the previous State Gaming Act from 2012 were made.

The main changes

Games of chance using publicly provided computers or self-service terminals are not permitted (Section 5b LGlüG).

The requirements for the operator of the amusement arcade and his tasks in training the staff have been expanded (Section 5a LGlüG).

The number of permitted betting agencies will be increased from 240 to 400 (Section 7 (2) LGlüG). The requirement of "even distribution" has been deleted and replaced by concrete figures:

  • Only one betting agency is permitted per municipality.
  • Two betting shops are allowed in independent cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants.

Transitional regulations for existing gambling halls

Additional transitional regulations will be created for "existing arcades" (Section 11a LGlüG):

  • For the operation of an amusement arcade that existed on July 1st, 2012 and for which a license according to § 33i GewO was granted by October 28, 2011, the period of validity of which does not end within five years after the State Treaty on Gaming came into force, § 29 para. 4 sentence 2 GlüStV after 30.06.2017 a permit according to § 11 para. The permit application should be submitted by December 31, 2015. If the operator of the arcade changes before the transition period has expired, sentences 1 and 2 also apply to the new operator of the arcade.
  • If several amusement arcades are competing for a permit, this can only be granted to the operator of the longer existing amusement arcade if the total number of gaming machines with profit possibility in the amusement arcades does not exceed 48 and provided that the permit requirements are met The rest are met.

In the new § 11b LGlüG, additional requirements are placed on the operation of amusement arcades, and § 11c LGlüG introduces a blocking system to protect players.

No reduction in the blocking period

The closing time for amusement arcades will be postponed by two hours (old: midnight to 6 a.m., new: 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.). The blocking period can neither be shortened nor extended. On the protected public holidays of Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Dead Sunday, All Saints' Day and Christmas Day, gaming in arcades is not permitted all day, on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. (§ 11d LGlüG).

The catalog of offenses has been adapted and expanded accordingly to reflect the changes in the law.

The law came into force the day after it was promulgated.

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Author: Uwe Schmidt (Uwe Schmidt taught regulatory law, administrative law and information technology.)