Picture of Berlin, the capital city of Germany. All forms of gambling are illegal in Germany (except betting on horse races).
Guide to Gambling in Germany

 

Germany (officially the Federal Republic of Germany), the powerhouse of the EU, it’s the biggest economy now that the UK has quit, and the most influential EU member, the de fact leader of the EU. Officially called the Federal Republic of Germany, it is a federal parliamentary republic located in West-Central Europe. The country’s population is around 81 million (without the maybe a million, half a million illegal migrants, no reliable data on it, just estimates).

Gambling is legal and regulated on a state level in Germany and on the federal level according to the Interstate Treaty on Gambling 2012. However, online gambling was made illegal in Germany by an interstate treaty in 2008.* However, as gambling is regulated on a state level in the country, the state of Schleswig-Holstein was able to refrain from signing the treaty and created its own online gambling law. As a result, the only licensed online gambling sites were licensed in Schleswig-Holstein, but are available to all German players.

In 2012, the interstate gambling treaty was reviewed and amended. It now states that although online casinos are still banned, online lottery and a limited number of online sportsbooks may be operated legally. Following these changes, Schleswig-Holstein also decided to sign the amended version of the treaty. The state no longer issues online gambling licences, but the currently operating online gambling sites (23 online casino licences and 25 sports betting licences) may operate up to the license’s full duration (6 years).

However, this ban only applies to domestic online gambling. The EU ruled in 2016, that Germany can not penalize or restrict unlicensed foreign operators, because they made it impossible for them to acquire licenses.** Players are not prosecuted for playing online at offshore online casinos, many of which accept players from Germany and are also available in German (see below).

Right now, gambling is regulated both on a federal level and by the states, the following are more regulated on a federal level:

 

And everything else is more regulated on a state level. The European Union ruled that the current gambling laws are contradictory to the EU law by not letting in registered, licensed, tax-paying online casinos form other EU countries, it violates the free trade of services and free competition within the Eurozone. However, the gambling laws of most European countries violate the EU laws, but just like in all the other countries nobody cares or does anything about it fro many years (frankly this is typical of the EU).

 

Germany gambling update 2021:  There are big changes on the horizon for the German gambling legislation in 2021, both on a federal, and a state level.

A new model, based on the pre-2012 system in Schleswig-Holstein is expected to come into effect sometime in 2021. This will completely legalize online poker, online sports betting, online lottery remains legal and a monopoly of the state, and finally, for the first time since 2012, online casino gambling will be made legal too.  This will open up Germany’s gambling market for private investors, and will make the gambling legislation EU compliant, finally.

 

Gambling tax in Germany

Casinos, online casinos and online poker sites have to pay 19% of the gross gaming revenue (the amount wagered by players less the winnings paid out to players). Sports bets are taxed at 5% of the stake, and lotteries are taxed at 20% of the stake. This is on top of regular taxes, VAT is applicable too. The German tax rate is considered to be an average tax rate in Europe, but it’s high, if compared globally.

 

Legal gambling age in Germany: 18+***

 

UPDATE 2020: From 2021 July 1 online poker and online casino gambling will be legal on a state level. A new regulatory authority will be created as well, which will handle the licensing.****

 

Sources:

* Federal Gambling Law in Germany

** CalvinAyre – EU Top Court says Germany can’t punish Online Betting Operators

***Gesetz über die Zulassung öffentlicher Spielbanken (German, pdf, downloadable)

*** iGB – German lawmakers approve new gambling regulations

 

Online casinos accepting players from Germany

The following online gambling websites accept players from Germany:

 

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  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

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Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

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Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
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Summary:

 

 

Casino gambling in Germany

 

Online casino gambling in Germany: illegal (except offshore online casinos and Schleswig-Holstein), legal from 2021, will require license

 

Online casino gambling is now completely illegal in Germany, although, interestingly this does not mean that there are no domestic online casinos. Online casino gambling was legal for a short time in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, but since 2012, online gambling operators can’t apply for a license there either. Still, online casinos licensed between 2008 and 2012 are still available. UPDATE: 23 online casino licences and 25 sports betting licences were issued and all of the casino licenses were meant to expire, but the state renewed them in 2019 for another 6 years. So right now the 23 online casinos registered and licensed in Schleswig-Holstein can operate, advertise and still accept German players legally, despite the EU ruling and the objection of the federal government. (And Germany ignoring EU directives and with such a mess of a system goes around constantly criticising other countries’ gambling systems and constantly chastises other countries for ignoring EU rulings… How double-faced can you be? Sort out your own mess first! Seriously, disgusting posturing and habitual lying and the dumb people eat it up…)

Also, according to a EU ruling Germany can not penalize or restrict unlicensed online casinos because federal law makes it impossible for them to obtain a local license. This means that German players can freely play in unlicensed online casinos which do not pay any taxes in Germany… Another fantastic solution by the EU… If you are trying to play in an online casino and you live in Germany these offshore sites are your only option beside the Schleswig-Holstein licensed online casinos (you can see them below). Most of the casinos below are licensed in other EU countries or Schleswig-Holstein, therefore players are not without protection and they can use the usual EU channels if they have a problem with the casino, and the usual EU consumer protection and privacy laws apply here as well.

Land-based casino gambling is also regulated on the state level, and currently all states allow them to operate but some stopped issuing new casino licences, in fact most of the states have a moratorium on new licenses. There are about a 100 brick&mortar casinos in Germany, most of which are Vegas-style casinos with dress code, hotels, entertainment venues bars and restaurants. The exact number is not known currently because of COVID-19 almost every week there is a casino closure. All the staple casino games are available in these establishments: roulette, baccarat, poker and blackjack, as well as slot machines, video poker machines, electronic roulette, none of them are illegal in Germany. Some of them even have sports bars which act as sports books as well, where you can watch and place bets on live matches (those are my personal favourite tbh. if you go to a casino I recommend one with a sports bar so much better than just a regular, old, boring bar).

The online casinos below accept players from Germany.

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The following online casino websites accept players from Germany:

 

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Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

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Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

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Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
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Bingo in Germany

 

Online bingo in Germany: foreign legal, domestic illegal

 

Bingo is legal in Germany but online bingo is officially not legal in Germany. It is considered to be a lottery-type game and therefore subject to the lottery laws, which make it impossible to get a license valid for online bingo. Even though bingo is not explicitly identified by the federal legislation the current official stance of the government is that it is a lottery type game and not a casino game.* The lottery is a monopoly of the Deutscher Lotto und Totoblock in the country. But bingo is not part of this monopoly. The laws is worded in such a way that only “traditional, large-scale lotteries” are part of the monopoly and bingo is not considered a traditional large scale lottery type activity. Bingo licenses to organize bingo games (but not online) can be acquired from the local state (if the particular state issues such, not all states do).

German players can also play bingo in offshore online casinos due to the 2016 ruling of the EU top court (the one we talked about above), in fact if you want to play bingo online from Germany that’s your only option right now.

The federal government is very strict in enforcing the lottery monopoly and even a retirement home that was organising bingo nights for years was presented with a cease and desist letter* and had to obtain a licence, even though the winner only got chocolates not money…

Land-based bingo halls could receive a licence in Germany, but as bingo is not very popular in the country, very few of the casinos have bingo (there are no standalone bingo halls only a few casinos do bingo as a side gig, really not popular). In fact, none of the larger casinos have any bingo.

Because of this complicated and problematic legal situation very few online bingo websites accept players from Germany, in fact I couldn’t find any right now. UPDATE 2021: This will most likely change very soon with the new and updated online gambling legislation coming in 2021.

*Source: Thomson Reuters Practical Law – Germany Gambling Law
**Source: Thelocal.de Gambling ban on Cologne seniors’ illegal bingo game to be lifted

 

 

Poker in Germany

 

Online poker in Germany: foreign legal, domestic illegal

 

Just like bingo, poker is also not specifically mentioned in the 2012 Interstate Treaty and it is not defined by legislation. It is considered a game of chance, a casino game in Germany (in many countries poker is considered a game of skill instead, in truth it’s somewhere in the middle, a bit of both). Poker can be found in most casinos, and the casino license covers it, the laws, rules and regulations of the Casino Acts and Casino Ordinances apply to poker as well.

Poker is very popular in Germany, and the country is home to Europe’s biggest poker tournaments such as: German Poker Masters, Partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany and WPT Germany, WSOP Germany (all of these are currently on hold because of the COVID-19).

Germany has two poker world champions with Pius Heinz, who won the WSOP Main Event in 2011 for $8.715 million, and Hossein Ensan, who claimed the title in 2019 for $10 million.

Other notable names are :
Fedor Holz dominated the live tournament for years, overall he cashed over $32.5 million in live tournaments during his career which makes him ranked 6th on Hendon’s all time money list, and number one among German players.

Christoph Vogelsang won the $300K Aria Super High Roller Bowl in 2017. The same year, Steffen Sontheimer took home the Purple Jacket at the inaugural Poker Masters high roller series.

The $300K Aria Super High Roller Bowl was won by a German player in 2016 also – it was Rainer Kempe. Kempe has over $20 million in live tournament earnings.

Other important German players: Dominik Nitsche, Stefan Schillhabel and Ole Schemion.

All 16 German states can make their own poker laws and licensing systems in theory. And that is why Schleswig-Holstein in 2012 became the only state where online poker is legal, 12 poker sites got a licence (23 online casinos sites got a licence, an online casino licence, 12 of which has poker as well, there was no separate poker licensing, the online casino licence covers online poker as well). All of these poker license were renewed in 2018 but no new poker licenses were issued since. The biggest poker website licensed in Germany is 888 poker and Partypoker. Playing in unlicensed poker websites according to the 2016 EU ruling (as mentioned at the top, in the beginning) is not illegal and players are not prosecuted or penalized for it. In fact, I recommend the international websites more, because they don’t pay taxes therefore they can have better promotions, give free money, have much better rake schemes and have more players.

Poker in Germany has been steadily gaining in popularity in the past few years. This has shown in the increasing number of poker rooms in the country. The international poker sites below all accept players from Germany (some of these websites are licensed in Schleswig-Holstein, and the others are licensed in other EU countries).

Online poker sites accepting players from Germany - click to see

The following online casinos have poker and accept players from Germany:

 

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Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

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Wagering limitation:
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Sports betting in Germany

 

Online sports betting in Germany: legal, operators need to obtain a license

 

Sports betting is probably the most popular form of gambling in Germany after the lottery, especially popular is betting on football games, which is ubiquitous in Germany. This is not surprising seeing as German teams are among the best in the world, and have the most dedicated fanbase, football is part of the contemporary German culture and national identity (we are talking about European football, those of you form the US you would call it soccer in North America). It’s also a huge, booming business. Although online sports betting was banned between 2008 and 2012, the amended version of the interstate gambling treaty allows up to 20 licensed online sportsbooks, and Schleswig-Holstein has 25 licensed online bookmakers as well.In 2019 a law was introduced by which formerly granted Schleswig-Holstein online sports betting licences were extended. The law was passed in the Schleswig-Holstein parliament in May 2019 ,extending the duration of the licenses by another 6 years.

Betting on any events other than sports or horse racing is prohibited in Germany. Betting on blood sports, animal fights is a crime.

Prior to the changes in 2012, OddBet had a monopoly on all forms of sports betting, whether online or offline. This monopoly has been challenged quite a few times. In 2016 a German court declared that this 20 licence restriction is illegal, opening up the German sports betting market to the whole EU – at least in theory. Actual effects of the decision are limited, but as a result all foreign, unlicensed online sports betting websites can be used by German players and unlicensed websites are not blocked anymore. In fact, right now there is no point to the current licensing system like this. Unlicensed sportsbooks are better in every way to the few which still have a German licence. Because these unlicensed websites (you can find a list of them below) don’t have to pay taxes and that’s why they offer free bets, free money, better promotions, deduct much less money from your winnings and deposits, have better odds and just have more sports to bet on.

The online sportsbooks below accept bettors from Germany.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Germany - click to see

The following online sports books accept punters from Germany:

 

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Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

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Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

Lottery in Germany

 

Online lottery in Germany: legal, monopoly

 

Lottery is the most common form of gambling in the world, Germany is no exception. It is safe to say that where gambling is legal there is a national lottery.

The lottery just like in most European countries is a state-owned monopoly. Lottery and Tote Association (Deutscher Lotto und Totoblock) owns and operates all lottery, online lottery and lotteryy type games in the country.
Private operators cannot operate traditional, large-scale lotteries. The operation of lotteries is reserved for the monopoly, the 16 state-controlled lottery companies that together form the Lottery and Tote Association.

The most popular lottery in the country is Lotto 6 aus 49 but players can enjoy Euro Millions and Keno as well.

Although for a long time tickets were not available on their website, Lotto.de, they are now also purchaseable online. Players from Germany can also participate in foreign lottery draws and can purchase lottery tickets online as well form foreign websites.

The following websites let people from Germany purchase lottery tickets online:

 

Bitcoin gambling in Germany

 

Bitcoin gambling in Germany: not specifically regulated

 

The German Finance Ministry announced back in 2013 that bitcoin is now essentially a “unit of account” and can be used for the purpose of tax and trading in the country. However, it does not count as a foreign currency or e-money as of now.

Despite this, Germany does not have any specific Bitcoin gambling laws or regulations. Bitcoin trades mostly occur via the internet so technically Bitcoin gambling is a form of online gambling and that is currently very restricted in the country. However, the few online casinos and bookmakers licensed in Schleswig-Holstein or the state lottery website could decide to accept bitcoin, because it is considered a unit of value and is taxable, but none of them accept any cryptocurrencies right now. None of the land-based casinos accept any alternative digital currency and there are also no bitcoin casinos licensed in Germany.

Online gambling with bitcoin remains online gambling and it not possible to circumvent the ban on online casinos by using bitcoin unlike in some other countries. However, players are free to play in any Bitcoin online casino, due to 2016 ruling of the EU Court of Justice.

The online casinos below accept bitcoin, some even accept litecoin and other cryptocurrencies and accept players from Germany.

Bitcoin casinos accepting players from Germany - click to see

The following online casinos accept crypto and accept players from Germany:

 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.
Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country, especially if you are from Germany or nearby.

This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2021-08-19

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5 Responses

  1. Meir Sarig says:

    Hello Simon,

    I would like to ask you a question, and I will appreciate it if you can help me. I am an affiliate of England based lottery page and I would like to promote this page to German people. Do I need a license of some kind to market it online in Germany?

    I hope you can help me with that, because I don’t want to make any mistake here.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Regards,

    Meir Sarig

    1. If you are an affiliate you can’t really do much wrong. First, ask the affiliate company about this and if they give you a written confirmation (an email will suffice) then it is okay that you target German people, which they will probably do, if they accept registrations from Germany. After receiving this confirmation you should be able to publish German web pages targeting people from Germany without any issues. If a government agency hassles you show them the confirmation and direct them to the affiliate company. It’s simple as that. If you were to advertise in German newspapers or on billboards, that would be a different matter entirely. When it comes to websites you always have to comply with the rules and regulations of your own country (the owner of the website) and the country in which the website is hosted.

    2. “Do I need a license of some kind to market it online in Germany?”

      You as an affiliate don’t need any kind of license. The parent company already has a license, and they should know what that gambling license allows them to do, and what it doesn’t. Nobody knows better than them.

  2. Hi Simon

    Is there a list anywhere with all the EU licensed sportbooks?

    Regards

    Michael

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