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Entain granted iGaming and online poker licenses in Germany

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Sports betting operator Entain has been granted licenses by the State Administrative Office of Saxony-Anhalt to operate iGaming and poker in Germany. The operator was granted five different licenses across two of its brands: bwin and Sportingbet.

Entain will exclusively be using its Sportingbet and bwin platforms to offer online poker to players throughout Germany. According to reports, each of the issued licenses has a duration of five years.

The chief governance officer at Entain, Robert Hoskin, was quick to share his excitement over the huge achievements of the company, being the first and only provider of online poker in the jurisdiction. He commended the regulatory body for their efforts, noting that the authorization is a step toward safe gambling.

“We’re delighted to now have our licences for gaming and poker services in the regulated German market, enabling us to offer and market them to our customers,” Hoskin said.

“It is an important and welcome step towards achieving the goal of a fully regulated online betting and gaming market in Germany. Only through such regulation and its enforcement will we avoid the reality of customers going to the black market where there are none of the safeguards that reputable operators such as Entain guarantee.”

In other news, Entain is also trying to increase its foothold in Australia. It has struck a partnership deal with the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) to run ads in New South Wales at member clubs. This might hit a roadblock, however, as the operator is set to face legal action from Tabcorp, which is the only retail betting allowed in NSW hotels and pubs.

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