Simon’s Guide to Germany Gambling & Online Betting Sites

This is a picture of Kurhaus Wiesbaden at night, in Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany's oldest in continuous operation gambling establishment (in operation since 1810, the second ever to open casino in the Republic of Germany). On this page, under the picture you can read about the legal status, licensing and taxation of online sports betting, digital poker, electronic bingo, internet lottery, cryptocurrency wagering websites in Germany. Additionally a list of Germany licensed online gambling websites are included as well, which accept players from the country.

Guide to Online Gambling Sites in Germany

Summary: Gambling is legal in Germany (officially the Federal Republic of Germany, a rich Western European country with a population of 81 million, the powerhouse and de facto leader of the EU, one of its founding members).

Online gambling is also legal in Germany.

UPDATE 2021: Online casinos were made legal in 2021 (the details can be found below), with this all the main forms of online gambling are legal in Germany, in short: online gambling is now fully legal on a federal level in the Republic of Germany.

You can find a list of online gambling websites, which accept players from Germany by scrolling below, or click here to jump to that list:

History of Gambling in Germany - click to expand

Roman times  – Gambling stretches back all the way to Ancient Rome. The first historical record of games of chance in the region is written records and excavated dices from Roman soldiers stationed in what is modern day Germany. Gambling was a popular and accepted pastime among the Roman legionnaires.

Middle ages – Dice games (Hazard and Timble-rig) were very popular in Germany. They were played in most bigger inns.

1396 – Card games appeared in the region of what is now modern day Germany. There are written records of ‘Spielhäusern’ (gambling houses) from 1396, they were the first permanent gambling establishments1 that we know of currently.

1720 – First casino is founded in Bad Ems. No longer in operation.

1810 – The second casino of Germany opened this year, Casino Wiesbaden, which is one of the oldest casino in continuous operation in the world. This is the casino at the picture at the top of this page.

/Comment: And it is the oldest casino in continuous operation, at the same place. Because the current officially oldest casino in continuous operation, the Italina the Casino di Venezia, in operation from 1636, had to switch locations and it is not in its original building anymore./

1995 – The birth of modern gambling in the newly unified Germany. Many restrictions were lifted and gambling became a respectable (or at the very least accepted) well regulated industry. However, the government (just like in many other European countries) tried to create a state owned and controlled gambling monopoly to dominate the sector. However, this was (and still is) against EU directives, and therefore it was abolished (after years of litigation).

2008  – An Interstate Treaty on Gambling tried to make online gambling illegal on a federal level (for private companies, the government monopoly on lottery was not affected). Schleswig-Holstein refuses to comply and issues online gambling licenses despite the federal ban, many years of legal battles follow.

2012 – The 2012 Interstate Treaty on Gambling comes into force. This is the current main piece of the gambling legislation of Germany. This regulated gambling on a federal level, because previously gambling was mostly regulated on a state level. Some forms of online gambling were made legal, and the government started to issue licenses to private companies. However, due to various EU laws German players could freely play on gambling websites licensed in other EU countries and the government was powerless to stop them.

2013 – Schleswig-Holstein also signs the Interstate Treaty due to pressure from the federal government. However, the licenses, which were already issued (at least 50) are not revoked, which created a loophole, an entry point into the German gambling market for the lucky licensed companies.

2021 – The ISTG 2021 comes into force. This legalized online casinos. And with this all the main forms of online gambling were made legal in Germany. Also, the country finally conforms to EU regulations, and it has finally opened up its gambling market (one of the most coveted gambling markets in Europe).

Germany is a Federal Republic, and as such, its laws are complicated and not everything is regulated on a federal level.

Gambling is legal in Germany. And for a long time it was mostly regulated on a state level.

This has caused quite a few issues, because the various states interpreted the gambling laws differently, especially when it comes to online gambling.

The best example of this was the state of Schleswig-Holstein, which started issuing online casino licenses. The problem with this was that companies, which had these licences could accept players from all the states of Germany (which they did).

This remained a problem until 2013, when Schleswig-Holstein (due to pressure from the federal government) finally signed the 2012 Interstate Treaty on Gambling2, which restricted somewhat the autonomy of the states (regarding gambling regulation, especially internet gambling), which solved some of the structural issues. Additionally, it legalized online casinos.

At this point, in 2013, only online lottery, online bingo (considered a lottery like game) and online sportsbooks were legal.

However, all previously issued Schleswig-Holstein licenses (23 online casino licences and 25 sports betting licences) were still valid until they expired.

/Comment: And they never did expire, because they kept extending them behind the scenes./

The German gambling legislation was overhauled in 2021, and ISTG 2021 (GlüStV 2021)3 legalized online casinos federally, which means that right now all the main forms of online gambling are legal in Germany (detailed breakdown by category can be seen below). Operators, who wish to accept players from Germany require a licence.

Games of chance are still regulated both on a federal level and on a state level. However, the following is mostly regulated on a federal level:

  • slot machine gambling
  • horse racing betting

 

There are still significant differences between the various states, and in a some of them, all, or significant parts of the gambling sector are a monopoly of the local government (e.g.: Bavaria).

Germany and EU gambling laws: Because Germany is an EU country Article 56 TFEU4 and Article 8 of Directive 98/34/EC (EU gambling directives) apply.

These state that other EU online gambling companies should be provided access to the German market, and these companies should be provided a way to obtain local gambling licenses (free trade of services and free competition within the Eurozone).

This is the case nowadays, but for a long time this was not observed.

The EU Top Court ruled in 2016, that Germany can not penalize or restrict unlicensed foreign operators, because they made it impossible for them to acquire licenses5.

This has led to the very unusual situation between 2016 and 2021, that even though online casinos were illegal in Germany, the government could not restrict the citizens from playing in foreign, unlicensed online casinos, which paid no taxes at all. Players were not prosecuted for playing in these offshore online casinos.

Nowadays unlicensed online gambling websites are blocked. However, players who by mistake place bets on an unlicensed online gambling site are still not prosecuted luckily (99% of German players probably have no idea what is licensed and what is not).

You can find a list of online gambling websites, which accept players from Germany below.

 

Betting on blood sports in Germany

All forms of blood sports are considered animal cruelty, and are illegal in Germany. Betting on blood sports is also illegal.

 

Germany has much more to offer than casinos, no wonder it gets 39 million visitors per year (pre-coronavirus, 2019 values)6. Check out the following video to get a glimpse of what the country can offer to tourists:

/Comment: Although I personally don’t recommend Germany as a destination. Central and Eastern Europe has much better weather, and they are significantly better value for money. I certainly don’t recommend this overpriced welfare state over any of the Central and Eastern European destinations. You can get the European experience for less than half the price in those countries./

 

Can tourists play online while visiting Germany?

Yes, tourists, expats (or illegal migrants) can play online freely while enjoying their stay in the country.

 

Gambling licensing Germany

Gambling licensing in Germany is not done on a federal level. All states have their own licensing process and authority. You can see a breakdown by states in the table below.

Germany gambling licensing
German state: Gambling authority, where to apply for a gambling licence:
Berlin Department for Economy, Energy and Businesses (Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe)
Bayern (Bavaria) Gambling is a state monopoly in Bavaria (LOTTO Bayern, Bayern Staatliche Lotterieverwaltung), no gambling licenses are issued to private operators.
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) Under construction currently, no licenses are issued at the time of writing.
Baden-Württemberg Service Portal Baden-Württemberg
Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate) Ministry for Economic Affairs, Traffic, Regional Planning and Viniculture (Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Landwirtschaft und Weinbau)
Sachsen (Saxony) Ministry of Interior and Sports (Ministerium für Inneres und Sport)
Thüringen (Thuringia) Thuringian Ministry of the Interior and Local Affairs (Thüringer Ministerium für Inneres und Kommunales)
Hessen Hessian Ministry of the Interior and Sports (Hessisches Ministerium des Innern und für Sport)
Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia) Ministry of Home Affairs and Local NRW (Ministerium des Innern des Landes NRW)
Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt) Ministry of the Interior and Sports of the State of Saxony-Anhalt (Ministerium für Inneres und Sport des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt)
Brandenburg Brandenburg Ministry of the Interior and Local Affairs (Ministerium des Innern und für Kommunales des Landes Brandenburg)
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Seems to be under construction at the time of writing, in the meantime
Hamburg Hamburg Gambling Licensing Information
Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of the Interior, Rural Areas, Integration and Gender Equality (Das Ministerium für Inneres, ländliche Räume, Integration und Gleichstellung)
Saarland Ministry of the Interior, Building and Sport (Ministerium für Inneres, Bauen und Sport)
Bremen Senator for Internal Affairs (Senator für Inneres)

 

Most of the ministries have German-only websites.

For now the states issue the online gambling license too, but it is planned that the The Joint Gambling Authority of the Federal States (Gemeinsame Glücksspielbehörde der Länder) will be established, and it will handle the online licensing for many of the states. It’s just a plan for now.

 

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Gambling tax in Germany

The gambling tax is determined by the Race Betting and Lottery Act (Rennwett- und Lotteriegesetz)7.

Gambling taxation in Germany
Gambling form: Tax rate:
Casinos 20% to 80% of the gross gaming revenue depending on the state
Online casinos 19% of the gross gaming revenue
Slot machines outside of casinos 12% to 20% based on the gross income generated from the amusement with prizes (AWPs)
Sports betting 5% of the stake
Online sports betting 5% of the stake
Bookmakers approximately EUR200 per 20 square metres, depending on the state
Lottery 20% of the planned price (nominal value) of all tickets or the betting slip, excluding tax
Online slots and poker 5.3% of the turnover

 

This is on top of regular taxes, VAT is applicable too. The German gambling tax rate is average by European standards, and it’s high by international standards.

 

For players, taxation of gambling winnings in Germany: not taxed

 

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Legal gambling age in Germany: 18+ (casinos are 21+ in some states, e.g.: Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Saarland)

 

Other:

Loot boxes are not considered gambling in Germany, but they are strictly 18+8.

Skin gambling, fantasy sports betting and social gambling are not specifically regulated in Germany.

 

Sources, and main pieces of the German gambling legislation:

1Universität Hohenheim – Forschungsstelle Glücksspiel (502)  – Casino Gambling in Germany: Development, Legal Conditions and the Exclusion System (page 2)

2beck-online – Staatsvertrag zum Glücksspielwesen in Deutschland vom 15. Dezember 2011 (German only)

3Staatsvertragzum Glücksspielwesen in Deutschland (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag – GlüStV) (German, pdf, must be downloaded)

4JSTOR – Freedom to provide services — Article 56 TFEU — Games of chance

5CalvinAyre – EU Top Court says Germany can’t punish Online Betting Operators

6Worldbank – International tourism, number of arrivals

7Race Betting and Lottery Act (Rennwett- und Lotteriegesetz)

8Euzropean Gaming – Germany Passes New Law for Games with Loot Boxes

 

List of online gambling sites, which accept players from Germany

The following online gambling websites accept players from Germany. They all accept players from the country, and are accessible from within the country, at the time of writing. If they no longer accept players from Germany, or if they are blocked for some reason, please leave a message in the comments section, so I can investigate it.

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Summary:

 

Casino gambling in Germany

Casinos in Germany: legal, operators require a licence

Online casino gambling in Germany: legal since 2021, operators require a licence

 

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Land-based casino gambling is 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. And in Bavaria casinos are a monopoly of the local government.

There are about a 100 brick & mortar casinos in Germany, most of which are part of a complex which often includes a hotel, entertainment venues, bars and restaurants.

UPDATE COVID-19: The exact number of casinos is not known currently because of COVID-19 some of the casinos closed permanently. And at the time of writing, the number of closures is not yet available in most states.

Some of the casinos even have sports bars which act as sports books as well (although this depends on the state), where you can watch and place bets on live matches.

Slot halls are also legal in Germany (although some states did ban them). However, the following federal limitations must be observed in each state:

  • Only one slot hall can be operated in any one building.
  • The Interstate Treaty (section 25(2)) demands a minimum distance between slot halls, the states determine what this minimum distance is in their Gambling Acts or Transposition Acts. These can range from 50 metres (Lower Saxony) to 500 metres (Bavaria).
  • In some states, slot halls must be located beyond the permitted minimum distance from schools, other child and youth institutions and/or addiction centres.
  • The maximum number of slot machines allowed in a slot hall is 12, only one machine per every 12 m2.
  • In restaurants and bars there is a maximum limit of two slot machines.

 

Slot halls are venues with gaming machines ,which don’t have casinos licenses (usually only venues with a liquor licence can apply for a amusement arcade licence, but it depends on the state).

Online casino gambling is also legal in Germany, on a federal level, since 2021.

The online casinos below accept players from Germany.

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Online casinos, which accept players from Germany - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Germany:

 

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  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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
  • 25% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS 
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (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%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2022 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian ("Aussie") themed casino. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the casino, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money, and you can register a real player account if you are 18+. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner.

Fair Go Australian casino, 18+

Promotions:
  • 100% welcome bonus up to $200, on your first 5 deposits (total $500), coupon code: WELCOME
  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins + offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic to advertise.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

Click here for more info on casinos in Germany.

 

Bingo in Germany

Bingo halls in Germany: legal, operators require a licence

Online bingo in Germany: legal, state monopoly

 

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The current official stance of the federal government is that bingo is a lottery like game and not a casino game*. Which means bingo is part of the monopoly of the Deutscher Lotto und Totoblock (and Lotto Bayern in Bavaria), e.g.: BINGO! – Die Umweltlotterie.

This means that bingo licenses are not issued to private operators. There are some exceptions to this, small scale bingo, traditional bingo at fairs, and non-profit bingo are usually the exceptions, but the law is different in every state.

Therefore, despite the lottery monopoly, bingo licenses can be acquired from the local government (in some states, see the licensing gambling section above for details, and check the link provided there in the table for more info).

Online bingo is also legal. And it is similarly seen as a lottery like game, which is covered by the monopoly on lottery. When it comes to online bingo there are no exceptions and online bingo licenses are not issued in any of the states.

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 (small bingo licence from the local government), even though the winner only got chocolates not money.

The following online bingo sites accept players from Germany.

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*Source: Thelocal.de Gambling ban on Cologne seniors’ illegal bingo game to be lifted

Online casinos, which have online bingo sections and accept players from Germany - click to see

The following online gambling websites have live bingo and accept players from Germany:

It’s a monopoly of Deutscher Lotto und Totoblock and Lotto Bayern in Bavaria.

 

 

Poker in Germany

Poker halls in Germany: legal, operators require a licence

Online poker in Germany: legal since 2021, operators require a licence

 

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Poker is considered a casino game in Germany, and as such, it is legal in all states where casinos are legal (which is all of them, but in Bavaria casinos and consequently poker is a monopoly of the local lottery company).

Poker can be found in most casinos, in one form or another.

Video poker machines are also legal (in licensed casinos).

Poker is very popular in Germany, and the country is home to Europe’s biggest poker tournaments, e.g.: German Poker Masters, Partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany and WPT Germany, WSOP Germany.

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

Other notable German poker players are :
Fedor Holz dominated the live tournament for years, overall he cashed in over $32.5 million in live tournaments during his career, which puts him 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 as well. It was Rainer Kempe. Kempe has amassed $20 million from tournaments.

Online poker is also legal since 2012, on a federal level.

However, online poker sites licensed in Schleswig-Holstein have been available for much longer. Due to a loophole of the German gambling legislation, 12 poker sites got a licence in the state of Schleswig-Holstein much earlier. These websites have been accepting poker players uninterrupted since the 2000s.

The online poker sites below accept players from Germany.

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Online poker sites, which accept players from Germany - click to see

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

 

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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
  • 25% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS 
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (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%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

 

 

Sports betting in Germany

Bookmakers, betting shops in Germany: legal, operators require a licence

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

 

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Sports betting is probably the most popular form of gambling in Germany after the lottery, especially betting on football games, which is ubiquitous. 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). And betting on football is a huge, booming business.

There are thousands of betting shops (Sportwetten shops) all over Germany, the biggest bookmakers are Bet3000, Tipico, mybet and Tipbet.

Online sports betting is also legal.

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 (doe not count towards the limit).

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.

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, but it was only successfully dismantled in 2012.

In 2016 a German court declared that the 20 licence restriction is violating EU laws (free trade of services and free competition within the Eurozone). However, actual effects of this EU Top Court ruling are limited. But officially, ever since, unlicensed online sports betting websites licensed and registered in other Eurozone countries can be used by German players. And these unlicensed websites should not be blocked by the government (regardless, the biggest ones are blocked, contrary to the EU Top Court ruling).

UPDATE 2021: The licence cap of 20 was abolished in a 2020 asa result of this court ruling. Now an unlimited number of sports betting licenses can be issued, but the state laws were not adjusted accordingly as of 2021, at the time of writing.

The online sportsbooks below accept bettors from Germany.

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Online bookmakers, which accept bettors from Germany - click to see

The following online sports books accept punters from Germany:

 

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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
  • 25% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS 
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (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%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins + offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic to advertise.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

 

Lottery in Germany

Lottery in Germany: legal, state monopoly

Online lottery in Germany: legal, state monopoly

 

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Lottery is legal in Germany. The lottery, similarly to most European countries, is a state-owned monopoly.

The Lottery and Tote Association (Deutscher Lotto und Totoblock) is the Germany lottery monopoly, which is the amalgamation of the 16 state-controlled lottery companies (each state has its own lottery company).

Private operators cannot operate large-scale lotteries.

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

Although for a long time tickets were not available on the website of Lotto.de, they are now also purchasable online.

Players from Germany can also participate in foreign lottery draws, in person, as a tourist visiting other countries, or online, from so called “lottery purchasing services” (lottery purchasing services are businesses, which purchase physical lottery tickets for you in a foreign country if you make a purchase on their website, you can see an example of such a website below).

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

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Online lottery platforms, which accept players from Germany - click to see

The following internet lottery sites accept players from Germany:

Online lottery

This is an animated 728x90 pixels GIF banner advertisement of the Lotter online lottery retailer. The animated banner displays the various ads and promotions the digital gambling platform offers in 2022. The Lottery is an official reseller of Oregon and Texas lottery tickets. You can find the list of restricted countries, from which the Lottery does not accept plyers below the banner, behind the dropdown menu, additional requirements, terms and conditions are displayed there as well. The banner acts as a link, by clicking on it you can see the offers on their website and you can purchase lottery tickets over the internet after registration.

The Lottery, official reseller of US lottery tickets online, licensed legally operating online lottery retailer

UPDATE: They have recently changed the list of restricted countries significantly. Please check the list below to see whether you are eligible to play.

List of restricted countries

They do not allow players to purchase lottery tickets from the following countries:   Also, you must be 18+, and you must use your real address, email address and phone number to participate in the digital lottery draws. Promotions change quite often, check the lottery platforms for the most recent "buy 2 and get 1 for free" promotions or free tickets.

 

Bitcoin wagering in Germany

Cryptocurrency gambling in Germany: not specifically regulated

 

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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 legal tender as of now.

Despite this, Germany does not have any specific cryptocurrency gambling laws or regulations.

None of the land-based casinos accept any alternative digital currency and there are also no bitcoin casino websites licensed in Germany. However, some of the Schleswig-Holstein licensed online casinos do accept crypto, through various payment processors.

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

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Bitcoin casinos, which accept players from Germany - click to see

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

 

Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

This is Miami Club gambling website's GIF animated banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently and their terms and conditions and required player protection information. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking on it you will be taken to the gambling website, where you can check out the most recent 2022 bonuses, promotions and you can register and play if your over the age of 18.

Miami Club 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted. You can read the review of Miami Club Casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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
  • 25% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS 
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (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%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2022 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian ("Aussie") themed casino. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the casino, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money, and you can register a real player account if you are 18+. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner.

Fair Go Australian casino, 18+

Promotions:
  • 100% welcome bonus up to $200, on your first 5 deposits (total $500), coupon code: WELCOME
  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins + offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic to advertise.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

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: 2022-04-19

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5 Responses to “Simon’s Guide to Germany Gambling & Online Betting Sites

  • Meir Sarig
    6 years ago

    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

    • 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.

    • “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.

  • Michael
    5 years ago

    Hi Simon

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

    Regards

    Michael

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