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The German Market for Gambling and Betting

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This chapter clarifies the difference between the legal and economic definitions of gambling. It examines the different segments of the gambling market in detail and presents the various market offerings. The chapter calculates the gaming turnover or total sales and the gross gambling revenue, the latter defined as revenue remaining after the deduction of winnings for each market segment. It also examines the payout ratio for the various types of games of chance. In the course of examining such data, it can be observed that the payout ratio for one type of game can vary greatly, and that the payout ratios are often not transparent to the consumer. Due to the current debate, the chapter discusses the market sector of sports betting. The German market for gambling and betting is a large market. The total sales amount to ?32 billion and the gross gaming revenue to ?8 billion.

Keywords: betting; gambling; German market; payout ratio



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