Tag Archives: Mathias Dahms

bet-at-home optimistic ahead of market liberalisation despite Q1 losses

German operator bet-at-home has remained optimistic in its Q1 2021 trading report due to increased liberalisation of its home country’s market, despite recording financial losses. Overall, the group’s gross betting and gaming revenue stood at €30.5 million for Q1 2021, representing a 5.5% year-on-year decrease from the 2020 figure of €32.2 million. Of the recorded revenue, €17.1 million was generated …

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Germany secures gambling regime but stakeholders demand radical changes 

Germany’s Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling (GlüNeuRStV) is guaranteed to officially launch on 1 July, having been ratified by the Bundesländer (state parliament) of Saxony-Anhalt this Wednesday.  The Interstate Treaty had previously secured the required approval of 13 states to launch Germany’s new federal regime regulating online gambling services. However, the approval of Saxony-Anhalt was deemed as essential to the …

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German sports betting authority calls for political intervention

German sports betting revenues fell sharply by 20% in 2020, largely attributed to cancelled sporting events and closures of betting shops due to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to sports betting tax figures published by the Federal Ministry of Finance, total sales amounted to €7.8 billion, 16% lower than the industry record high of €9.3 billion in 2019. If the months …

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Germany 2021: Landers’ ‘transitional framework’ receives mixed reactions 

The approval by Germany’s 16 Lander (regional councils) to launch a ‘transitional tolerance period’ for igaming services, which will bring clarity to operators who wish to participate in the federal relaunch of the online gambling marketplace in 2021, has drawn contrasting views.   As German Lander continue to individually ratify the final amendments of the federal New Interstate Treaty on Online …

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DSWV frustrated by sportsbook licensing suspension

The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has expressed its frustration after receiving confirmation that the Darmstadt Administrative Court had suspended the nationwide sports betting permit procedure until further notice. The decision came after an Austrian betting operator claimed that the licensing procedure was not transparent and non-discriminatory. Commenting on the news, DSWV President Mathias Dahms said: “The decision of the …

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Bayern Munich executive Jörg Wacker criticises Interstate Treaty’s ‘false protections’

FC Bayern Munich board member Jörg Wacker has become the latest German sports and business figurehead to criticise the online betting restrictions of the nation’s ‘Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling’ inbound for 2021. Despite Lander (state) consensus being reached on eliminating restrictions on online casino products, Germany’s Bundesrat (Federal Council) maintains controversial requirements attached to sports betting, restricting monthly player …

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MoPlay becomes member of German Betting Association

Gibraltar-headquartered MoPlay has become the latest online gambling operator to join the German Betting Association (DSWV). The announcement, confirmed by DSWV President Mathias Dahms and MoPlay CEO Juergen Reutter this morning, will see MoPlay join Sky Bet, William Hill, bet365, Paddy Power Betfair and Interwetten as a member of the organisation.  Dahms celebrated the announcement: “We welcome MoPlay in our …

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Voranzutreiben…German states to work on cohesive online gambling framework

German lawmakers appear to have reached an interstate agreement on the creation of a new national gambling framework which will abide with European Union business and competition laws. Last Friday, at its annual ministerial conference in Warnemünde, a press release was published detailing that Germany’s 16 states would work towards a treaty for gambling focusing on effective online gambling/sports betting …

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DSWV welcomes sports betting regulatory reform in Germany

With the German state currently investigating regulatory procedures around sports betting, and with a potential overhaul on the cards, the German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) President Mathias Dahms has welcomed the discussions. Back in October 2015 the state of Hesse presented five guidelines focused on reform and gambling regulation. Government officials will meet this week to discuss what must be done, in terms …

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DSWV welcomes anti-match fixing bill in Germany

A bill was recently submitted to the federal government with the aim of amending the current law so that it penalises match-fixing more adequately. The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has welcomed this move. DSWV President Mathias Dahms said: “Match-fixing is a crime. If criminal groups affect games, then it’s economically damaging as well as from an integrity point of view. This is …

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