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No Online Poker in Latest Round of Licenses in Schleswig-Holstein, Nick Jones Pokerfuse

No Online Poker in Latest Round of Licenses in Schleswig-Holstein, Nick Jones Pokerfuse | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

Five more licenses to operate online sports betting in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein were issued on Tuesday, with recipients Ladbrokes and 888 among the new additions.

The Home Office will continue processing applications, with now over 40 operators under consideration, including 22 for “online casino games” including poker, according to yesterday’s statement.

 

However, the latest batch were all sports-betting licenses, bringing the total number of licenses issued to date to 12. Along with 888 and Ladbrokes, Cashpoint Malta Ltd and Admiral Sportwetten (recipient of two licenses) join the likes of Betfair, JAXX, Bet365 and bwin.party. All licenses are good for six years.

 

Other sources:

http://www.igamingbusiness.com/content/schleswig-holstein-issues-five-more-licences

http://www.g3newswire.com/germany-confusion-reigns-schleswig-holstein-internet-casinos/

http://gamingzion.com/gamblingnews/schleswig-holstein-issues-more-online-gambling-licenses-2904

http://www.gamblingcompliance.com/node/49869

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Jaxx grows 20%, iGaming Business

Jaxx grows 20%, iGaming Business | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

Online gambling and betting provider saw overall net gaming revenues for the second quarter of 2012 increase by 20 percent year-on-year to €15.62 million.


German online gambling and betting provider Jaxx AG has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2012 showing that it experienced an over 20 percent rise in net gaming revenues to €15.62 million.

 

For the first half of the year, Jaxx stated that ‘record betting stakes’ over the second quarter in addition to ‘strong customer growth’ as a result of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship saw it post net gaming revenues of €33.93 million, which was an increase of almost 21 percent year-on-year.

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Schleswig-Holstein to “quickly” join Interstate Treaty, Stephen Carter at CasinoChoice

Schleswig-Holstein to “quickly” join Interstate Treaty, Stephen Carter at CasinoChoice | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

The breakaway German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein is to abolish its own gambling law and join the new Interstate Gambling Treaty recently ratified by the other 15 Länder, it confirmed Tuesday.

 

Germany’s northernmost state recently issued seven online sports betting licences to companies including bet365, Betfair and bwin under the Gambling Act passed by the previous government. However, the new SPD-led Cabinet announced in Kiel this week that Schleswig-Holstein (SH) would join the restrictive new common gambling treaty that came into force on 1 July, confirming the intent first outlined in its manifesto shortly after coming to power.

 

Germany’s new Interstate Treaty replaces the state monopoly on online sports betting with the issue of up to 20 licences to private operators, came into force on 1 July, alongside a prohibitive 5% turnover tax on sports bets and a continued ban on online poker and casino.

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German regulator requirement will make online gambling unprofitable, Gaming Intelligence

The regulators (Glücksspielreferenten) in each of the 16 German states have written draft guidelines for the implementation of the new State Treaty on Gaming that will make internet gaming practically impossible.

 

The age verification laws would require players to attend a face-to-face meeting in a post office or similar institution and show his or her identification.

 

A similar provision existed in a previous version of the State Treaty in 2008. Tipp24 lost 80 per cent of its customers and state operators such as Lotto Bavaria saw 78 per cent of its players depart.

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Betfair to test German laws with Bayer sponsorship, Stephen Carter at Casino Choice

Betfair to test German laws with Bayer sponsorship, Stephen Carter at Casino Choice | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

The sponsorship is announced on the back of Betfair receiving an online sports betting licence in the northernmost Land of Schleswig-Holstein last month, where Betfair will pay 20% on gross profit. The other 15 German Lander, including Bayer Leverkusen’s home state of North-Rhine Westphalia, last week ratified a new Interstate Gambling Treaty to take effect from 1 July under which 20 licences will be offered to private operators, based on an unworkable 5% turnover tax. In contrast to Schleswig-Holstein, the offer of online poker and casino by private operators will remain prohibited.

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German betting tax would cost bwin.party 50 MEUR, David Altaner GamblingCompliance

German betting tax would cost bwin.party 50 MEUR, David Altaner GamblingCompliance | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

Germany’s parliament is poised to pass a draft online sports betting bill today or tomorrow that would tax turnover and which could cost Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment €50m (£40m). The proposed bill, cleared by the Bundestag’s Finance Committee yesterday, would set a country-wide tax rate of 5 percent on sports bets and a limit of 20 licences.

 

The tax, which would take effect on July 1, would have a “material impact" on both Bwin.Party and the UK’s Betfair. UK bookmaker William Hill could lose less than 1.5 percent of earnings, and the bill would have a negligible effect on rivals Paddy Power and Ladbrokes.

 

http://www.gamblingcompliance.com/node/49460

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Schleswig-Holstein companies allowed to target all of Germany, Rita Gyaraki, GamblingCompliance

Schleswig-Holstein companies allowed to target all of Germany, Rita Gyaraki, GamblingCompliance | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

The Bremen State Court (Landgericht Bremen) confirmed that:

- The Interstate Treaty expired at the end of 2011, and has not been prolonged in a valid legal fashion. The original time frame for the application of the law has expireced and a new one is not in place.

- The internet gambling ban in the Interstate Treaty cannot be applied and thus Lotto24 did not breach the provision of the law when offering gambling in Bremen.

 

According to the plaintiff – the state lottery of Bremen - Lotto24 breached competition law when it started offering its products in Bremen in breach of the internet gambling ban. On March 19, 2012 the Bremen State Court issued an order requesting Lotto24 to stop collecting players from Bremen. Lotto24 appealed. This order had been lifted by the May 10, 2012 appeal ruling.

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Schleswig-Holstein cancel licenses, Gaming Intelligence

Hope for an open regulated gaming market in the north German state of Schleswig-Holstein turned to despair this weekend after the state’s new coalition government agreed in principle to revert to the State Treaty on Gaming and to cancel online gaming licences issued by the previous government.

 

The coalition agreement states that “it is the goal of this government for Schleswig-Holstein to join in national gaming regulations”.

 

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http://www.gamblingcompliance.com/node/49308

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2012 - a year of gaming regulation, GamblingCompliance

2012 - a year of gaming regulation, GamblingCompliance | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

In addition to events surrounding the European Commission Green Paper, this year has already seen Denmark open its online gambling market with the German state of Schleswig-Holstein move in a similar direction with the recent awarding of licences, while the remaining German states are seeking to implement an alternate licensing system. Spain at the federal level and also at the autonomous community level is also moving online. Moreover, Greece, Ireland, Cyprus and Portugal are all in the process of changing their current regulatory models.

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Schleswig-Holstein’s operator Jaxx goes German wide June 8, Gambling Compliance

Schleswig-Holstein’s operator Jaxx goes German wide June 8, Gambling Compliance | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

Schleswig-Holstein online gambling licences, Germany’s first, dodge the question of whether they are able to be used in the other 15 German states.

 

Jaxx will use that ambiguity to start using its new licence as soon as possible. UK-listed Betfair is proceeding more cautiously, saying it has not yet determined its next move.

 

Jaxx, which is changing its name to mybet Holdings, will generate more than €1m in tax for Schleswig-Holstein in 2012 alone. Tax in the northernmost German state is 20 percent of gross gaming revenue.

 

Jaxx, based in Schleswig-Holstein, wants to debut its dot.de website in time for the June 8 opening of the Euro 2012 football tournament.

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Betfair secures German online licence, Gerrit Wiesmann

Betfair of the UK and Jaxx, its German rival, are the first commercial betting companies to be awarded licences for web-based sports bets in Germany in addition to the state owned operator Oddset. The license only apply in the state of Schleswig-Holstein and covers sports betting. Licenses for poker and other casino-style games will come during the coming weeks to some of the 37 applicants.

 

Betfair has led the charge against the gambling monopolies of Germany’s 16 regions, a regime which was declared in breach of European laws guaranteeing companies freedom to do business across the region.

 

Schleswig-Holstein plans to tax online betting companies’ gross profits at 20 per cent, shunning a more weighty tax on customer bets, which the other states are aiming for – and providers say would be unworkable.

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Mybet claims profitability in Germany despite 5% tax, David Altaner GambingCompliance

Germany’s Mybet Holdings thinks it can make money in its home country’s new gambling-unfriendly regulatory environment, though it may have to push things along in court, said president Mathias Dahms.


Most of Germany’s states have passed a package of gambling rules that leave out online poker and casino and impose a 5 percent tax on betting wagers that companies such as William Hill and 188Bet say is unworkable.

 

Mybet and some rivals that are staying in the market plan to pass that tax on to customers, which will lead to “minimal negative effect” on earnings, the company said.

 

The Schleswig-Holstein-based operator will also challenge some of what it believes are rules that violate European Union or German law, Dahms said.

 

“There will be issues with advertising regulations which will be unacceptable to us, and we will go to court again,” Dahms told GamblingCompliance on Wednesday. “It’s getting to be a normal operation for us.”

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William Hill and Ladbrokes pull plug on German market, Daniel Macadam, GamblingCompliance

William Hill, the UK’s largest bookmaker, confirmed last week it had pulled out of the German sports betting market, joining rivals such as Asian powerhouse 188Bet.

 

Operators have to grapple with a 5 percent turnover tax on betting, one of the highest in Europe, after Germany’s Bundestag approved the rate in June. There are also strict controls on advertising, customer spending and in-play betting, an increasingly integral product for online bookmakers, under the new Interstate Treaty on Gambling passed by 15 of Germany’s 16 regions.

 

One operator that cannot afford to pull out of the market is Bwin.Party, the world’s largest publicly listed online gambling company. Analysts have predicted a dent of up to €50m in Bwin.Party earnings from the new German regulations, and co-chief executive Norbert Teufelberger admitted at WGES there was “a long road ahead”. Still, Teufelberger insisted they could make money under the new laws.

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William Hill pulls sportsbook from Germany - poker unaffected, Nick Jones Pokerfuse

William Hill pulls sportsbook from Germany - poker unaffected, Nick Jones Pokerfuse | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

William Hill has chosen to withdraw its sports betting product from the Germany market, according to a report on Sportsbook Review. It will continue accept action on its casino and poker products, and German customers can process withdrawals unhindered.

 

The move comes after the recent ratification of Germany’s new Online Gambling Act, which permits a restricted number of sportsbooks but no licenses for online poker.

 

Paddy Power is thought to be the only other site to have reacted since the new Gambling Act came into effect on July 1, blocking all action from players in Germany.

 

Both companies are applying for licenses in Nevada—William Hill’s application has been approved and Paddy Power has cleared suitability hearings—which may explain their withdrawals.

 

Both are also expected to be on the applicant list in Schleswig-Holstein, the “rogue” German state with its own liberal online gaming regulation. However, the application process is in jeopardy given the opposition of the newly elected coalition government.

 

As expected, no major poker rooms have withdrawn from the market, meaning the status quo of gray-market online poker in Germany remains.

 

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http://www.casinochoice.co.uk/2012/07/23/will-hill-withdraw-german-sportsbook/

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Global MMO games spending exceeds $12 Billion, SuperData Research

Global MMO games spending exceeds $12 Billion, SuperData Research | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

The global MMO games market to rise above $12bn in 2012, and forecast it to reach $17.5bn in 2015. The year-on-year growth in Western markets ranges from 14% in the US to 24% in Germany totaling $2.9bn and $700m respectively.

 

Despite healthy growth figures, individual MMO game revenues are under pressure as the number of available MMO games has almost doubled since the beginning of 2011.

 

In the US, the share of revenues coming from free-to-play MMO games continues to rise, reaching 50% this year, up from 39% in 2010. German free-to-play spending already passed the 50% mark in 2010 and is expected to grow above 60% in 2015.

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Betfair to test German laws with Bayer sponsorship, Stephen Carter at Casino Choice

Betfair to test German laws with Bayer sponsorship, Stephen Carter at Casino Choice | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

The sponsorship is announced on the back of Betfair receiving an online sports betting licence in the northernmost Land of Schleswig-Holstein last month, where Betfair will pay 20% on gross profit. The other 15 German Lander, including Bayer Leverkusen’s home state of North-Rhine Westphalia, last week ratified a new Interstate Gambling Treaty to take effect from 1 July under which 20 licences will be offered to private operators, based on an unworkable 5% turnover tax. In contrast to Schleswig-Holstein, the offer of online poker and casino by private operators will remain prohibited.

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German sports betting tax set for 1 July, Stephen Carter at Casino Choice

German sports betting tax set for 1 July, Stephen Carter at Casino Choice | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

Fifteen of the German Federal State parliaments intend during the next two weeks to ratify a new Interstate Gambling Treaty proposing the issue of no more than 20 licences for private sports betting operators based on an unworkable 5% turnover tax, ahead of this coming into force across all 15 Lander on 1 July.

 

Schleswig-Holstein (SH), that refused to back the new Interstate Treaty and instead passed its own Gambling Law providing for the issue of unlimited licences for all products based on a 20% gross profit tax. Since the licensing process began on 3 May, seven operators, including Betfair, bet365 and bwin, have received sports betting licences, with at least further 24 applications for sports and 17 for casino games (including poker) in the licensing pipeline.

 

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http://www.gamblingcompliance.com/node/49392

http://www.casinochoice.co.uk/2012/06/21/germany-approves-prohibitive-new-gambling-treaty-for-1-july/

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Schleswig-Holstein’s new government wants to roll-back regulation, Gambling Compliance

Following state elections in Schleswig Holstein, on Sunday June 3, 2012, the former opposition of the SPD, the Greens and the SSW, came to an agreement:

 

"The aim of the state government is to achieve a federal regulation of gambling and for Schleswig-Holstein to join the Interstate Treaty. The state government will examine how lifting Schleswig-Holstein’s Gambling Act is possible without having to pay compensation and how it is possible to stop the licensing process through a law amendment in line with the competition law."

 

“We will aim to sell our casinos. During the privatisation it will be taken into consideration that there will be no opening towards the online market [for online casino games], that the rights of the employees are respected and that the planned loss in taxes is critically examined.”

 

What it means in practice is unknown. No compensation and compliance with competition laws are to big hurdels that will be hard to avoid.

 

Other sources:

http://pokerfuse.com/news/law-and-regulation/new-schleswig-holstein-government-consider-repealing-online-gambling-licenses/ http://www.casinochoice.co.uk/2012/06/08/schleswig-holstein-government-aims-to-block-new-licences/

 

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German Online Gaming Market worth €1.7bn in 2015, Michael Robinson Innovate Gaming

German Online Gaming Market worth €1.7bn in 2015, Michael Robinson Innovate Gaming | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

Germany is set to enact a new Interstate Treaty on Gambling that would reconfirm the prohibition of online gambling in all German states except one – Schleswig-Holstein. As the EU Commission reviews the treaty, research body MECN indicates online gaming in Germany will grow to €1.7bn by 2015, driven by poker and lotteries.

 

Before the new treaty comes into effect, lawmakers must determine whether online licensees in Schleswig-Holstein will be able to operate throughout the country. The German region passed its own gaming law in Sep 2011 that permits online poker and casino games. Three licenses have since been issued to Betfair, JAXX and state-owned Oddset.

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Schleswig-Holstein Becomes German Gambling Mecca, Derek S GamingZion

Schleswig-Holstein Becomes German Gambling Mecca, Derek S GamingZion | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

Recently, the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has liberalized its regulations.

 

The remaining 15 German states signed a deal under which the gambling regulations will be more restrictive. This not only led to criticism in the gaming industry, but also the European Union is investigating whether the restrictions comply with free market rules by favoring state monopolies.

 

The gaming companies which will operate in Schleswig-Holstein will be subject to 20% tax on gross profits. Betfair alone is expecting to pay around $5 million dollars annually to the German state. Allowing online sports betting in Germany is expected to eat into illegal betting market, which is estimated to be around $6-7 billion dollars.

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Uncertainty remains after Schleswig-Holstein election

Uncertainty remains after Schleswig-Holstein election | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

The three licences were issued to Betfair, Jaxx, and Oddest for sports betting by the previous coalition government. This coalition was made up of the Christian Democrats and the Liberal Democrats. The opposition party, the Social Democrats (SPD), has been strongly opposed to online gambling regulation and indicated in the run up to the election that it would repeal Schleswig-Holstein’s regional gambling act which was passed in October 2011.

 

No clear majority can be found in the election results: http://bit.ly/schleswig-holstein

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Election Countdown Pressure For Schleswig-Holstein Licences, Daniel Macadam

Schleswig-Holstein’s incumbent government has survived another attempt to destroy its nascent gambling regime, but now has only four working days left to issue licences before elections in Germany’s northernmost region.

 

That victory leaves ministers free to issue gambling licences to the 30-plus operators which have already applied, in what would be one of their last acts of government.

 

The people of Schleswig-Holstein go to the polls on Sunday May 6 with the Christian Democrats, currently in coalition with the libertarian Free Democratic Party (FDP), neck-and-neck with their main opponents, the Social Democrats.

 

Still, German legal experts are unconvinced they will go through with that immediately.

“It certainly becomes less probable if licences are issued next week,” said Frieder Backu, gaming and tax lawyer at SSW Schneider Schiffer Weihermueller. “Moreover the abolition of the law would still need some time. A new coalition has to be negotiated first.”

 

Joerg Hofmann, partner at Melchers law firm, agreed: “Once operators are online, the train has left the station.” “Even if politicians would again think about trying to revoke the new law, they would need two hearings in the parliament to pass a new Act. Due to the summer break this won’t happen prior to September or even later.”

 

With the Greens now the region’s third largest party in the polls, Heinold also ramped up the election rhetoric, stating: “One of the only winners is the gambling industry, which will receive a licence to print money,” she added.

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