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German sports betting whitelist expands with trio of new additions

| By Robert Fletcher
The Regional Council of Darmstadt has issued new sports betting licences to Malta-based NetXBetting, the state lottery-owned brand Oddset and Tipster.de.

NetXBetting has secured an online-only licence and will operate in the country through its Sportwetten.de website.

Tipster.de, meanwhile, will be permitted to operate across online and retail platforms under its combined licence, while Oddset will be limited to retail betting.

Some 19 operators have now been approved to offer sports betting in Germany, including Bet-at-Home, which secured an online licence earlier this month.

Bet365, Gauselmann Group’s Cashpoint Malta subsidiary, Tipico, Tipwin and four GVC Holdings brands are among the other new licensees in the country.

The Regional Council of Darmstadt issued the first federal sports betting licences in October, ending year of legal uncertainty for operators in Germany. This came after a court threw out a legal challenge from Austrian betting operator Vierklee that had halted the licensing process.

The Third State Treaty states that customers are limited to a monthly betting limit of €1,000 (£891.96/$1,190.79), though a small number of customers can increase these limits to €10,000 or €30,000.

Deposits are limited until players pass verification checks, while licensees have to integrate with the national self-exclusion system OASIS and betting markets must be approved by the Regional Council.

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