Germany Bans First Payment Provider, Threatens Enforcement Campaign

Germany has barred a payment provider from trading with what state regulators maintain are illegal online casinos and secondary lottery operators and promised that more bans are to come.

In an announcement published on Monday, the Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sports said it had stopped a "large, international payment service provider from participating in payment transactions in connection with illegal gambling in Germany".

The decision takes effect for the entire country, due to the way competencies for gambling regulation are carved up by the interstate treaty. Lower Saxony has been granted control over payments-related issues.

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