The head of the gambling research centre at the University of Hohenheim has described Germany's gambling market under the current State Treaty as the "wild west", blaming the situation on the absence of an effective regulatory body to oversee the market.

Professor Tilman Becker, managing director of the gambling research centre at the University of Hohenheim, condemned the lack of controls and called for the establishment of a gambling commission covering all 16 federal states (Länder).

Speaking earlier this month at the Scientific Gambling Symposium 2014, Becker gave an "interim evaluation" of Germany’s State Treaty on Gambling and criticised the slow progress of regulation. He laid the blame for this on the country’s 16 states and said that a unified commission was crucial for stricter implementation of the terms of the Treaty.

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