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Germany ratified new federal gambling treaty

On Thursday, Germany’s 16 states collectively ratified the country’s revised Second State Treaty on Gambling.

The new State Treaty on Gambling, which is due to take effect on January 1, 2018, opens the door to the possibility of an expansion of the federal republic’s sports betting market.  In addition to lifting the controversial cap, the new treaty also outlines plans for more stringent enforcement against unauthorized operators.

The country’s 16 states, which include three city states; the capital city of Berlin, plus Hamburg and Bremen, announced in October last year that they had reached an agreement for the creation of the new treaty after legal challenges derailed the previous treaty. The 2012 treaty capped the number of sports betting licenses at 20.

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