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Of Germany’s 16 states, the only one that has taken a liberalised view of online
gambling is Schleswig-Holstein, which last week issued its first ever online
gaming licences to three of Europe’s leading betting and gaming entities.

The gaming operators issued with the coveted Schleswig-Holstein gaming
licences
are the state’s lottery operator NordwestLotto; myBet, a subsidiary
of German firm Jaxx AG; and top UK gaming and betting exchange, Betfair.

In September last year, while Germany’s other states shied away from legalising
and regulating online gambling within their borders, the northern state of
Schleswig-Holstein did just the opposite by passing pro-online gaming
legislation.

Sole Online Gaming-Friendly State in Germany

This means Schleswig-Holstein is currently the only state in Germany that can
offer sanctioned online gambling in the form of online sports betting
facilities, but with online casino and poker facilities expected to follow in
due course.

But as is the case with most licensed and regulated online gambling territories,
the price for gaming operators to access the state’s lucrative online gaming
market are some pretty steep taxes, namely 20 per cent of their gross profits.

While this is somewhat higher than the 16.66 per cent bandied about by the other
German states during the last few months, it is a relatively small price to pay
to be one of the few firms legally allowed to offer their services in the state.

Said Jaxx AG spokesperson, Mathias Dahms, ‘Bearing in mind that we are based in
Schleswig-Holstein, we are, of course, proud to have been granted one of the
first Schleswig-Holstein sportsbetting licences. The permit for myBet is a
document of historic importance because it represents a trailblazing approach to
the regulation of the gaming industry.

Schleswig-Holstein to Protect Players and Operators

‘Schleswig-Holstein is the only German state to have understood how to go about
drafting legislation that complies with both European and constitutional law and
takes account of the interests of players, providers and the state in equal
measure,’ he said.

Equally thrilled at being granted an Schleswig-Holstein
online gambling license was Betfair’s Martin Cruddace, ‘We are delighted to have
been awarded one of the first three licences to operate in Schleswig-Holstein,
and look forward to making a significant and sustainable contribution to the
newly formed market there, offering consumers innovative products in a safe and
responsible betting environment.

‘Schleswig-Holstein’s government should be applauded for its efforts to
implement a regulatory regime that will provide security for consumers,
transparency for regulators and the freedom to compete for European Union
operators,’ he said.

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