SIGN UP LOG IN
 

Austria-Gambling Law : Stelzer pushes for novella, Fuchs sees “no good style

Published by

June 10, 2019 7:23 am

Austria gambling news

LINZ/WIEN: Fight against illegal gambling: The amendment was announced for autumn 2018, but is still not available. State Finance Secretary Fuchs (FP) now promises it for “this year”.

Gambling law: Stelzer pushes for amendment, Fuchs sees “no good style”

Illegal gaming machines are regularly confiscated and scrapped. It helps little. They are usually immediately replaced by new ones.

Illegal demonstrations in front of the house of a lawyer from a district authority, confiscated vending machines that are replaced within hours, and illegal venues that simply start over with another straw man as operator after an official closure: OÖN readers know the partly brutal methods and feints of the gambling mafia in Upper Austria.

Already in November of the previous year Upper Austria’s provincial governor Thomas Stelzer (VP) demanded a rapid change of the toothless gambling law from the federation in the OÖNachrichten-Gespräch, in order to be able to stop the machinations better.

Although Finance State Secretary Hubert Fuchs (FP) had promised such a change for autumn 2018, not even a draft has yet been submitted.

In the current issue of the news magazine “profil” as well as in comparison to the OÖNachrichten, Stelzer is now once again adding to the list. “It’s going too slowly for me,” he says. “With the current legal situation the operators are always one step ahead of us. It appeals therefore again urgently to change the intolerable and untenable legal situation . Apparently, however, “the connection to the problem is not as strong in the federal government as it is here in Upper Austria”.

Upper Austria – and here in particular Wels – is considered one of the hotspots of illegal gambling alongside Vienna. Security Councillor Elmar Podgorschek (FP) promoted the fight against illegal gambling as one of his focal points. In 2017 more than a thousand slot machines were confiscated in 300 raids and more than 50 venues were closed. But it is a fight against windmills, says Gerald Sakoparnig of the State Criminal Police Office. “We pick up the machines from the restaurant on Monday, and one day later new ones are delivered from a central warehouse.

 Fuchs wants reversal of burden of proof

During the ORF press session yesterday, the responsible State Secretary for Finance, Hubert Fuchs (FP), announced that the gambling amendment would “definitely come in 2019”. Among other things, a reversal of the burden of proof is planned, explained Fuchs. “The gaming operator must prove that it is not engaged in illegal gambling”. Fuchs called the fact that Upper Austria’s provincial governor accused him of Stelzer’s default “no good style”.

For operators of illegal automats the business pays off despite the seizures: A new automat costs approximately 2000 euro, plays according to estimates however up to 10,000 euro per month at profit. Also high administrative penalties do not deter the illegal play operators. Administrative penalties are delayed by the courts of appeal – and if they are legally binding, they are simply not paid.

In February, for example, a suspected member of the gambling mafia went online with the Welser police, who according to “profil” had accumulated open administrative penalties amounting to 870,000 euros. The man is now serving a substitute custodial sentence. Of course, he will never pay the 870,000 euros that way: prison sentences of more than six weeks are not permitted for administrative offences – and there must be six months between two prison sentences.

The little game of chance

Small gambling (mainly involving slot machines outside casinos) was banned in Upper Austria until 2011. “But this was ignored by the authorities for a long time,” say criminologists. “During this time, large illegal structures have grown.

In 2011, small gambling was legalized. However, a licence is needed to set up a machine. In Upper Austria about 1200 machines are legally installed. According to estimates, there are as many illegal vending machines as there are legal ones. The licence is associated with measures to protect players. Licences in Upper Austria are held by Admiral Casinos, Excellent Entertainment and PA Entertainment.

In four federal states (Vorarlberg, Salzburg, Tyrol, Vienna) the small gambling is completely forbidden.

 

More News

National star waves record contract

National star waves record contract

Stephen Strasburg agrees with the Washington Nationals on a new record treaty. This is to bring the pitcher 245 million…

OWL: All about the Stage 2 Finals

OWL: All about the Stage 2 Finals

The play-offs of Stage 2 of the second Overwatch League Season will take place this weekend. SPORT1 collects all information…

The crashed FIFA World Champion

The crashed FIFA World Champion

During the FIFA19 World Cup in early August, Kai "deto" Wollin (30) already has a busy schedule. However, virtual duels…

Sport News: NFL not coming to Europe

Sport News: NFL not coming to Europe

The upcoming NFL season will be held in London without guest performances. The reason is the corona crisis. Also, the…

World Series of Poker Europe: Espen Sandvik wins Event 5

World Series of Poker Europe: Espen Sandvik wins Event 5

Tonight also saw the end of Event #5, the €2,500 8-Game Mix Tournament of the 2019 World Series of Poker…

Rocket League: Pittsburgh Knights get The Peeps

Rocket League: Pittsburgh Knights get The Peeps

Known until recently as "The Peeps", the team took the overall victory at the 2019 Dreamhack Pro Circuit and will…

Black Lion: 'Remix' Return and MadGearFFM Event

Black Lion: 'Remix' Return and MadGearFFM Event

In the past week, our partner Black Lion has done a lot more than the everyday life of the eSport…

Switzerland: Swiss online casinos take over as of 1st July

Switzerland: Swiss online casinos take over as of 1st July

Almost exactly one year ago, the Swiss voted in a referendum that providers from Switzerland may only serve online casinos.…

Canada's province of Ontario plans liberalization of online casinos

Canada's province of Ontario plans liberalization of online casinos

On Thursday, the government of the Canadian province of Ontario announced its 2019 budget plan to relax the previously strict…

Racing legend Alonso continues to rely on eSport

Racing legend Alonso continues to rely on eSport

Two days before his victory at the 24-hour race in Les Mans, Fernando Alonso also stopped by at the parallel…

24-year-old wins 768 million dollars in the lottery

24-year-old wins 768 million dollars in the lottery

Manuel Franco has won one of the highest jackpots in US lottery history. He opted for a one-time payout instead…

The Rainbow 6 miracle at the ZGS 2019

The Rainbow 6 miracle at the ZGS 2019

Three days of Zurich Game Show offered a lot of eSports action, for example, the Rainbow Six victories Swiss National.…

Premier League 2020/21 kicks off on September 12
Premier League 2020/21 kicks off on September 12

While it still doesn't know if it will resume or not this season. The Premier League is already anticipating the…

Poker Gossip: Gus Hansen is ready for Las Vegas
Poker Gossip: Gus Hansen is ready for Las Vegas

The World Series of Poker 2019 is about to start. Poker fans can look forward to Gus Hansen flying to…

Ex-world champion switches to Jay-Z agency
Ex-world champion switches to Jay-Z agency

After other exciting transfers, like the change from "MoAuba" to the Focus Clan, have already taken place, Roc Nation Sports…

Erik Seidel at the 2020 Aussie Millions Main Event final table
Erik Seidel at the 2020 Aussie Millions Main Event final table

It was to take just over 14 hours to determine the final table of the Aussie Million A$10,600 Main Event…

Microgaming's new Switch Studios debut with Online Roulette
Microgaming's new Switch Studios debut with Online Roulette

Since Wednesday, online casino players have been able to find the latest long-awaited products from the internationally renowned game developer…

Gerrard: Why Ronaldo can't make it on my dream team
Gerrard: Why Ronaldo can't make it on my dream team

Cristiano Ronaldo (34) is one of the best footballers in the world. But he still didn't make it into the…

Barca wins at home 2-1 against FC Villareal
Barca wins at home 2-1 against FC Villareal

It's not going well at FC Barcelona FC Barcelona will remain unbeaten at home this season, but Zidane's side can…

Already over €160,000 in the prize pool at the SSOP Main Event!
Already over €160,000 in the prize pool at the SSOP Main Event!

The guarantee at the SSOP Main Event at Banco Casino is already blown. Vlado Valent goes as Chipleader in day…

"It is pointless to talk" - Tuchel announcement to Neymar!

Paris Saint-Germain fended off the attack on the top in the French Ligue 1. On Matchday 9, coach Thomas Tuchel…

Sports Betting & Casino without registration could become a trend soon
Sports Betting & Casino without registration could become a trend soon

In the area of sports betting and online casinos, an interesting new trend has been emerging for a good six…

Mybetting Deals Tools

Surebet by BetBurger

Surebet by BetBurger

BetBurger is a service focusing on arbitrage bets, also known as sure bets. It turns sports betting into an investment.

Matched Betting by OddsMonkey

OddsMonkey

OddsMonkey offers matched betting services with features to enhance your profits with the best betting offers.

Live Sport Results and Statistics

Live Scores

Always keep ahead of the sports betting game with our real time results and statistics!

2000+ Free Slots

Play the best online slots and your favourites from the biggest developers for free right here!