DSWV criticises DHS methodology –

DSWV criticises DHS methodology –

The German sports activities betting physique Deutscher Sportwettenverband (DSWV) has taken purpose on the nation’s dependancy affiliation Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen (DHS) for “incorrect” turnover figures.

The DSWV mentioned that the DHS’s “Yearbook on Addiction 2023” incorrectly estimated the dimensions of the sports activities betting market. In help of this level, the DSWV highlighted the character of the DHS’s sources. These comprised affiliate internet marketing websites, somewhat than tutorial or authorities paperwork.

The DHS is an umbrella of remedy and remedy associations inside Germany specializing in numerous types of dependancy. The organisation’s pervue spans from alcohol, narcotics to playing dependancy.

The affiliation claimed that the full turnover for the market stood at €18.3bn. This would signify a 409.6% enhance from the earlier 12 months.

DSWV criticises “incorrect” DHS figures

However, the DSWV contested this assertion. It argued that the full staked stood at solely €9.4bn for the 12 months, a 21% rise.

The DSWV mentioned that, regardless of declaring the errors and offering the right methodology of calculation, the dependancy affiliation nonetheless makes use of the upper determine in its article “2.4 Gambling – Facts and Figures” within the yearbook.

The commerce physique highlighted that the part’s creator is Prof Gerhard Meyer from the “Health & Society” division of the Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research on the University of Bremen.

“Not appropriate for scientific research”

According to the DSWV, he calculated the determine based mostly on the nation’s whole gross gaming income of €1.3bn and a pay-out ratio of 93% for sports activities betting operators. The lobbying organisation argued that most of the sources that Meyer used to make his declare “are questionable and never appropriate for scientific research”.

The sports activities betting group mentioned that it’s not attainable to find out the individual and organisation behind the primary web site, fussballwetten.com. The web site is an affiliate internet marketing web page and has no tutorial credentials listed.

The web site additionally claimed that playing is illegitimate in Germany – making no reference to the 2021 regulation of the playing market.

In July 2021, the Interstate Treaty on Gambling went into impact, which created the licensing and regulatory regime for on-line sports activities betting and igaming in Germany. As a results of an earlier treaty – which was handed however by no means carried out – the authorized standing of sports activities betting was ambiguous, which a big gray market.

Of the “Top 10 betting suppliers” the affiliate web site recommends on the web page, the German regulator doesn’t licence a single one.

The web site claims that operators can legally and safely take bets if they’re licensed by the Curaçao regulator.

“This doesn’t apply to Germany and such a press release places the axe to any efforts to create a authorized and safe sports activities betting market in Germany,” mentioned the DSWV.

‘Heinz from the web’

Meyer linked to 2 different websites (sportwettentest.web, wettanbieter.de) that are additionally affiliate internet marketing portals. The DWSV emphasised that the creator of those websites is barely recognized by his first identify “Heinz”.

The physique additionally mentioned that the statements on payout ratios don’t replicate the precise complexity of the market.  

“These range from supplier to supplier and from wager to wager,” mentioned the DSWV. “They are decided by a variety of elements – such because the depth of competitors, the tax burden, the associated fee construction and the danger urge for food of a bookmaker, in addition to the gaming conduct of its prospects.”

The commerce physique highlighted that there are “massive variations” between the web market and the retail sector, as the previous tends to have larger payouts. The DWSV added that payouts can differ month to month even with the identical operator.  

“In any case, the payout ratio of 93% said by “Heinz” and adopted by Prof. Meyer in his calculation is just not a practical common payout ratio to be assumed (particularly contemplating the excessive tax burden of 5.3% on every wager in Germany).”

“It is regrettable that on the Bremen Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research, which claims to conduct playing analysis, sources equivalent to ‘Heinz from the Internet’ are used as the premise of scientific work.”

The DSWV pointed as a substitute to the money-based mostly tax revenues printed month-to-month by the Federal Ministry of Finance and the 5.3% stake tax as offering extra acceptable foundation for calculations.

The DSWV has prior to now criticised the turnover tax as being too punitive.

The German Sports Betting Association due to this fact once more calls for a correction and correction by the DHS and Prof. Dr. Meyer.”


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