- The website fussballwetten.com has an incomplete imprint, the person responsible for the page or the company behind it cannot be determined. A closer look at the site also reveals an assumption as to why the imprint is incomplete: the site advertises gambling that is illegal in Germany. Of the “TOP 10 betting providers” recommended there, not a single one has a permit in Germany. According to the website, bookmakers could also offer bets legally and safely with licenses from Curaçao. This does not apply to Germany and such a statement puts the axe to any efforts to create a legal and secure sports betting market in Germany.
- The author of the two other websites (sportwettentest.net, wettanbieter.de) is only given the first name “Heinz”. His statements on the payout ratios (i.e. the proportion of the stake that a betting provider pays out to its customers as profit) are very abbreviated. These vary from provider to provider and from bet to bet. They are determined by a number of factors – such as the intensity of competition, the tax burden, the cost structure and the risk appetite of a bookmaker, as well as the gaming behavior of its customers. For example, there are large differences between the online market (tending to have higher payouts) and betting stores (tending to have lower payouts). A bookmaker whose customers predominantly play combination bets tends to have a lower payout than a bookmaker who receives many single bets. The payout ratios can vary from month to month even with the same provider. In any case, the payout ratio of 93% stated by “Heinz” and adopted by Prof. Meyer in his calculation is not a realistic average payout ratio to be assumed (especially considering the high tax burden of 5.3% on each bet in Germany).
It is regrettable that at the Bremen Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research, which claims to conduct gambling research, sources such as ‘Heinz from the Internet’ are used as the basis of scientific work.In this context, the cash-based tax revenues published monthly by the Federal Ministry of Finance and the well-known betting tax of 5.3% on each bet placed provide a reliable basis for calculation that is comprehensible to everyone and delivers a secure result on the size of the legal sports betting market in Germany.
The Joint Gaming Authority of the Federal States (GGL) also confirmed this metric in its press release of March 16, 2023, expressing that 95% of the reported tax payments come from regulated operators.
Accordingly, the cumulative wagers amounted to 9.4 billion euros in 2021. DSWV explained this accounting path in the first request for correction to DHS and Prof. Dr. Meyer.
The German Sports Betting Association therefore again demands a correction and correction by the DHS and Prof. Dr. Meyer.
Perhaps already as a hint for the preparation for the new Yearbook Addiction: In 2022, the betting stakes of sports betting providers fell to 8.2 billion euros (-13%) according to the published figures of the Federal Ministry of Finance.
SOURCE: Deutscher Sportwettenverband