Germany’s federal states plan to ban Internet gambling, according to draft documents to be discussed by the country’s state premiers on Wednesday, a Reuters reported.
Despite pressure from the European Commission to open up Europe’s gambling market to competition, ministers from most states want to sign off on new rules aimed at protecting their lucrative monopoly as lottery operators.
It also reported that the mainly private firms, such as Tipp24 and Fluxx, would be granted a one-year transition period. The ministers will meet in Berlin on Wednesday morning.
The state of Saxony and two other states imposed a ban earlier this year on commercial betting. That was directed mainly at
Austrian Internet betting firm bwin.com whose German unit is the country’s biggest commercial bookmaker.
Bwin and its peers are facing increasingly stringent regulations in the United States and Europe, where governments are curbing
Internet gambling to protect customers and state-run lotteries.
Internet gambling industry worth $528 billion per annum
Merrill Lynch realeased a new research which states that the Internet gambling industry is still in its infancy and won’t hit its peak until the year 2015.
By 2015, the financial advisor predicts, the global I-gaming market will bring in a mind-blowing $528 billion annually, despite the United States’ prohibitive I-gaming legislation.
Merrill Lynch based its projections on the progression of the industry since 2001. Earnings are expected to reach $24 billion by 2010 (double what it was in 2005), and 2006 earnings are estimated at $15 billion.
U.K. government projections boost the Togel numbers even further. Europe’s regular online gamblers already stake nearly £3.5 billion a year, which averages out to about £1,000 per person. Once Britain’s new gambling laws take effect in 2007 those numbers are promising to increase dramatically.
Nevada casinos $1 Billion winnings despite Baccarat loss
Nevada casinos set an October record with $1.062 billion in total winnings.
But the Carson Valley area, which includes valley portions of Douglas County as well as the capital city, didn’t share in the wealth, winning just $10.3 million, 9.4 percent less than they did in October 2005.
The apparent reason for the poor showing in markets such as Carson City, which depend heavily on weekend visitors, was October had one less Saturday this year than last.
October was the second negative month for the Carson Valley reporting area this fiscal year. July winnings were down nearly 8 percent compared to the previous year and September was up but by less than 1 percent. Only August turned in a solid increase this fiscal year with winnings up nearly 7 percent.
Statewide, the win was just one-third of a percent more than last October. But Gaming Control Board analyst Frank Streshley said it was a strong month given the poor showing by baccarat. Winnings from that game fell 54 percent to $29.2 million and by near 63 percent in mini-baccarat.
He primarily blamed the win percentage, which was less than half the 11.5 percent gaming experts consider normal for Baccarat.
Because most baccarat games are located on the Strip, win totals there were off 5.6 percent.
If baccarat is factored out of the equation, the statewide win total would have been up 3.9 percent.