Tag Archives: Germany

‘Get real’ on in-play restrictions and surveillance urges DSWV

DSWV, the ‘German Sports Betting Trade Association‘, has welcomed the new consensus reached for the online gambling components of the ‘Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling’, which would allow for federal provisions on online casino and poker. This week, the Bundesrat press agency confirmed that all 16 Länder (states) had agreed ‘in principle’ to allow for concessions on online casino, poker and …

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Martin Lycka: My letter to Gambling Santa

In the latest of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka pens a letter to the Santa of Gambling and hopes that, for a change. the industry is on the ‘good’ list.  Dear Gambling Santa, My name is Martin and I am probably a little too old to write to you. …

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EC investigates Bundesland casino tax regimes

The European Commission has confirmed this week that it will investigate German state regulatory frameworks attached to land-based casino taxation policy to assess whether certain tax grants favour state-owned operators. Confirming its investigation, the EC details that it has received several complaints branding Bundesland (German state) tax grants and guarantees offered to ‘public casinos’ as forms of state aid, breaching …

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Austrian tax settlement overshadows bet-at-home’s growth momentum

Publishing its Q3 2019 trading update (period ending 30 September) Frankfurt Xetra-listed bookmaker bet-at-home AG reports continued strong commercial momentum, despite the company booking an €11.5 million Austrian tax charge. Updating investors, bet-at-home reports 2.5% increase year-to-date betting and gaming revenues of €107 million (YTD2018: €104m). The operator highlights that it has been able to maintain its YTD wagering capacity …

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Tipico boosts retail exprience with Bettorlogic content

Leading DACH-region bookmaker Tipico Sportwetten will enhance its betting shop engagement and all-round customer experience by utilising Bettorlogic content and analytics solutions. Securing a new partnership, Tipico will deploy Bettorlogic’s extensive betting content service across its entire German and Austrian retail portfolio. The agreement will see Tipico’s 1,200 betting shops upgraded with Bettorlogic’s comprehensive range of live updates and further …

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Martin Lycka: Us versus Them – psychology of gambling regulation

In the fourth of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka debates the antagonistic relationship that can develop between the regulator and the industry. __________________ Operators v. Regulators, undoubtedly a top billing in the industry nowadays. Just pause and think how many times in recent past you have bumped into an …

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Germany launches annual gambling awareness day

With the aim of educating German gamblers about the importance of responsible gambling, Germany’s Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) is due to host a day dedicated to raising awareness of problem gambling. The awareness day, entitled Aktionstag Glücksspielsucht 2019, will offer players additional information regarding the various forms of gambling available across Germany, in addition to a self-test feature.  …

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Martin Lycka: Sixteen kings trapped in a gambling Gordian knot

In the third of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka ruminates on the development of the online gambling market in Germany. __________________ Once upon a time, there were sixteen kings in a land in the heart of Europe. The land’s credo was thou shalt not gamble online. Nevertheless, the kings’ subjects …

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EPG: Why working with exemptions could offset SCA setbacks

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Businesses operating in a “tricky industry such as gaming” could see conversion rates significantly drop once Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) is enforced next month, but it is not all doom and gloom writes Christian Diegelmann, CEO of Euro Payment Group (EPG) in Frankfurt and Malta. Here, he provides a quick rundown of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and associated …

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Visionary Paul Gauselmann celebrates 60-years in gaming

On Monday 26 August, Paul Gauselmann – founder of German gaming machines conglomerate Gauselmann Group (Merkur Gaming) – celebrated his 85th birthday and six decades working in the gambling sector. The industry figurehead, referred to in Germany as ‘the Pope of the amusement business’, is recognised as one of the top German post-war industrialists, having grown Gauselmann into the lead supplier of …

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