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:

 

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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Casino gambling in Germany

Casinos in Germany: legal, operators require a licence

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

 

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.

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

The following online casino websites accept players from Germany:

 

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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.
You can read the review of FairGo casino here (temporarily offline, being updated).

 

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

 

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.

*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

 

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.

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

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

 

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.
You can read the review of BetOnline here.

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2021 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian 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.
FairGo Australian casino
Promotions:
  • 125% Welcome bonus: 125% on your first deposit
  • + 30 free spins
COUPON CODE: DOD-GUESS
US players are accepted at the casino.

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.
You can read the review of FairGo casino here (temporarily offline, being updated).

 

 

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

 

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.

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

The following online sports books accept punters from Germany:

 

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.
You can read the review of BetOnline here.

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2021 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian 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.
FairGo Australian casino
Promotions:
  • 125% Welcome bonus: 125% on your first deposit
  • + 30 free spins
COUPON CODE: DOD-GUESS
US players are accepted at the casino.

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.
You can read the review of FairGo casino here (temporarily offline, being updated).

 

 

Lottery in Germany

Lottery in Germany: legal, state monopoly

Online lottery in Germany: legal, state monopoly

 

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.

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

The following internet lottery sites accept players from Germany:

 

Bitcoin wagering in Germany

Cryptocurrency 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 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.

Bitcoin casinos, which accept 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.
You can read the review of BetOnline here.

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2021 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian 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.
FairGo Australian casino
Promotions:
  • 125% Welcome bonus: 125% on your first deposit
  • + 30 free spins
COUPON CODE: DOD-GUESS
US players are accepted at the casino.

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.
You can read the review of FairGo casino here (temporarily offline, being updated).

 

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: 2021-11-01

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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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