Gambling; implementation of money laundering supervision

Certain organizers and brokers of games of chance are required to comply with due diligence obligations and security measures for the purpose of money laundering prevention and are monitored by the supervisory authorities in their implementation.

Description

Organizers and brokers of games of chance are - apart from the statutory exceptions under Section 2 (1) No. 15 a) to c) of the German Act on the Tracing of Profits from Serious Crimes (Money Laundering Act - GwG) - obligated parties under the Money Laundering Act.

Money laundering damages the reputation of a company and can also cause considerable economic damage. The Money Laundering Act therefore requires, among other things, organizers and brokers of games of chance to comply with organizational and customer-related due diligence obligations so that they cannot be misused by criminals to launder money.

The Money Laundering Act stipulates that the supervisory authorities monitor compliance with money laundering obligations, order measures where necessary and impose fines for violations. For this purpose, the supervisory authorities have special rights of access and control, and the obligated parties are obliged to provide information.

Competent Authority

As gambling supervisory authorities, the governments are also responsible for the supervision of gambling organizers and brokers under money laundering law. The government in whose district the event or brokerage takes place is responsible.

As of January 1, 2023, the Joint Gaming Authority of the Federal States (GGL) will be responsible for the supervision of organizers and brokers of cross-state gaming offerings, particularly on the Internet. Until then, the Darmstadt Regional Council (Regierungspräsidium Darmstadt), as the competent gambling supervisory authority of the State of Hesse, is responsible for the supervision under money laundering law of sports betting brokers on the internet, sports betting organizers and brokers of horse betting on the internet; the Saxony-Anhalt State Administrative Office (Landesverwaltungsamt Sachsen-Anhalt) is responsible until then for the supervision under money laundering law of organizers of online poker and virtual slot machine games.

Special notes

Announcements pursuant to Section 57 of the German Act on the Tracing of Profits from Serious Crimes (Money Laundering Act - GwG)

Pursuant to Section 57 of the Money Laundering Act, the supervisory authorities must publish final measures and unappealable decisions imposing fines that they have imposed for a violation of the Money Laundering Act or the legal ordinances issued on the basis thereof on their website or on a joint website after informing the addressee of the measure or decision imposing a fine.

The current announcements of final measures and unappealable fine decisions can be found on the websites of the respective authorities or as a "Regional Supplement" via the "On Site" input area.

Status: 17.08.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium des Innern, für Sport und Integration

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  • Online transactions, locally limited
  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide
  • Legal bases, Bavaria-wide
  • Legal bases, locally limited
  • Fees, Bavaria-wide
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