This is the picture of the entrance of the casino Spielbank Berlin in Germany (spielbank is the German word for casino). This is Germany's biggest gambling establishment. Under the picture you can read about casinos and online casinos accepting players, registrations form Germany.

Germany Casino Guide

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos 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). Find out which are the best casinos and online casino sites in Germany, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

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Online casinos in Germany

Legal status of online casinos in Germany: legal since 2021, operators require a licence

 

UPDATE 2021: Online casinos have been recently legalized in Germany, on a federal level with ISTG 2021 (GlüStV 2021)1.

This is a result of a long-standing feud between the EU vs. Germany vs. the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

You can read about the context and the details and the context of the current legal status, but if you are just an ordinary player all you need to know is that online casinos are legal, and you can paly online freely (a list of online casinos, which accept players from Germany can be found below).

In order to understand the somewhat confusing German system, we have to take a closer look at the German system of governance first:

The Federal Republic of Germany is made up of 16 federal states (Bundesländer). Each of them are autonomous to a large extent (although, the federal government is chipping away at this autonomy for a long time, especially when it comes to Bavaria). These Bundesländer are subject to decisions on various topics to the federal parliament (Bundesrat).

In theory, the states could legislate for themselves when it comes to online casino gambling prior to 2021 (and Schleswig-Holstein did just, and legalized online casinos, even before GlüStV 2021). However, online casinos are contentious topic, which are prone to abuse, and abusing it is exactly what Schleswig-Holstein did.

The Glücksspielstaatsvertrag, or interstate gambling treaty signed by 15 out of 16 states came into effect in 2008. The treaty banned most forms of online gambling, including online casinos in most of Germany. The only state that decided not to join the treaty was Schleswig-Holstein, which refused to sign it.

The real problem with autonomy regarding online gambling is that Schleswig-Holstein licensed internet gambling portals (23 such online casino licences were issued between 2008 and 2013) can accept players from all of Germany, not just from the rouge state.

Obviously this creates issues for the states, and the federal government, who didin’t want any private online casinos.

/Comment: Mostly because they didn’t want competition for their online lottery monopoly (and some states also wanted to monopolize online casino gambling, despite the objections of the EU). That’s the real reason, not the official version, which was that they only wanted to protect players from gambling addiction./

Even though Schleswig-Holstein was in the right, from a legal point of view, they were essentially bullied into signing the 2012 Interstate Treaty on Gambling2 in 2013. This ensured that they would not issue any further licenses. However, silently, behind the scenes, they extended all 23 online casino licenses they have issued up until that point (and these online casino could still accept players from all states). So as you can see, in true German fashion, nothing was solved, everything just got more complicated, and it left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

If this wasn’t enough, the EU got involved too, and as you can imagine it didn’t end well. It just made things more complicated, and made everything a lot worse.

Germany, EU laws and online casinos: Germany is an EU country, which means Article 56 TFEU3 and Article 8 of Directive 98/34/EC (EU gambling directives) apply. This states that other EU online gambling companies should be provided access to the German market, and they should be provided a way to obtain local gambling licenses (free trade of services and free competition within the Eurozone).

This was not the case prior to 2021 and 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 licenses4.

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.

And this was the situation up until recently, a ‘clusterfuck’ is I believe the perfect word for this. However, with the 2021 legalization of online casinos the country is finally EU complaint, and every state can decide what to do with online casinos.

Most states are still in the process of ironing out the kinks of online casino licensing and taxation, because this is so recent. However, what is certain is that players can play freely online, and companies require a Germany online casino licence if they wish to accept players from Germany.

By scrolling below, you can find a list of online casinos, which accept German players.

 

Can tourists play online while visiting Germany?

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

 

Online casino licensing and regulatory body of Germany: 

Online 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 online 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.

Keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of states does not yet issue online casino license (at the time of writing) because this is so recent. By clicking on the links you can check it for yourself.

 

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Taxation of online casino sites in Germany:  Online casinos pay 19% of the gross gaming revenue.

This is on top of regular taxes, VAT is applicable too.

 

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

 

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Age requirement of Germany online casinos: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of the German online casino gambling legislation:

1Staatsvertragzum Glücksspielwesen in Deutschland (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag – GlüStV) (German, pdf, must be downloaded)

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

3JSTOR – Freedom to provide services — Article 56 TFEU — Games of chance

4CalvinAyre – EU Top Court says Germany can’t punish Online Betting Operators

 

 

Online casinos, 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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Miami Club online casino, 18+

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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

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Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
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  • 100% poker bonus
  • 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:

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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%

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Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and 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:
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  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
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  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
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Land-based casinos in Germany

Legal status of brick & mortar casinos in Germany: legal since 1720, operators require a licence

 

Brick & mortar casinos are legal in Germany, and have been for quite a while. The first German casino had opened in 1720 in Bad Ems (no longer in operation). This is typical for Germany, many of the spa towns (Bad means bath, spa) have casinos, and of course all of the larger cities.

Although there is a way for private companies to obtain casino licences, a good portion, about 40%, of brick and mortar casinos in Germany are operated by the state owned companies (e.g.: in Bavaria all of the casinos are owned by the state-owned Bavarian lottery company, Lotto Bayern) And many are state owned, but they are operated by subcontractors.

/Comment: Originally the German government wanted to monopolize the entire gambling sector, but this violated EU laws, and after years of litigation it was dismantled, but the Bundesländer managed to keep their local monopolies intact./

Germany actually has one of the most state owned casinos in Europe (and the entire German gambling sector is in similar shoes).

Currently there are about 100 licensed casinos in Germany.

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.

 

All 16 states allow and have casinos, and though there are some differences, all casinos are non-smoking (except for the designated area), and most of them are only open between noon and 3 am. Additionally, German casinos are usually posh places with dress codes and entrance fees.

Most of the 100 casinos in Germany are part of a complex, and are integrated into hotels, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and so called Kurhauses (Kurhaus is a German word for spa with medicinal bath).

Casinos are called Spielbank in German, and most of them have Spielbank written over the gate or the building, instead of casino.

You can find all the currently operating brick and mortar casinos in the list below.

 

Can locals visit the casinos in Germany?

Yes, both locals and tourists can play in the casinos.

 

Casino licensing and regulatory body of 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.

 

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Taxation of brick & mortar gambling establishments in Germany:

The gambling tax is determined by the Race Betting and Lottery Act (Rennwett- und Lotteriegesetz)1.

Gambling taxation in Germany
Gambling form: Tax rate:
Casinos 20% to 80% of the gross gaming revenue depending on the state
Slot machines outside of casinos 12% to 20% based on the gross income generated from the amusement with prizes (AWPs)

 

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

 

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

 

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Age requirement of land-based casinos in Germany: 18+ usually, but it’s 21+ in some states, e.g.: Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Saarland

 

Sources, main pieces of the Germany land-based casino legislation:

1Race Betting and Lottery Act (Rennwett- und Lotteriegesetz)

 

List of the TOP 10 best rated and biggest casinos in Germany

This is a list of the top 10 biggest and best rated casinos in the country, with address, opening hours, number and types of games, dress code, entrance fee, reviews and a video of each gambling establishment if one is available.

 

1., Casino Hohensyburg
This is a picture of the entrance of Casino Hohensyburg. This is the biggest casino of Germany currently. The picture was taken at night, long exposure. This is the first casino on this list of the top 10 biggest and best rated German casinos, you can find the other gaming venues on this list under this one. To the right of the picture you can find info about the casino, including: address, opening hours, dress code, entrance fee.

Casino Hohensyburg

Casino Hohensyburg (a.k.a. Spielbank Do-Hohensyburg), address: Hohensyburgstraße 200, 44265 Dortmund

Spielbank Do-Hohensyburg is a big, upscale, three-level casino located in North Rhine-Westphalia, in operation since 1985.

This is one of the WestSpiel casinos, a company, which operates 6 gaming venues in Germany. These are:

  • Spielbank Aachen
  • Spielbank Bad Oeynhausen
  • Spielbank Bremen
  • Automatenspiel Bremerhaven
  • Spielbank Duisburg

 

There are two restaurants at Spielbank Do-Hohensyburg, one of which has a Michelin Star.

This is the biggest casino in Germany (in terms of the number of tables + gaming machines).

 

Games: around 360 gaming machines (slot machines and video poker machines) and around 24 tables (12 American Roulette wheels, 2 French Roulette wheels, 5 blackjack, 3 Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and 2 Baccarat and Punto Banco tables) + 60 electronic roulette, bingo, keno, blackjack terminals

They also have a poker room with 12 poker tables featuring Limit Hold’em, No Limit Hold’em and Omaha. The tournament schedule can be found online, here, at the bottom of the page.

 

Video of Spielbank Hohensyburg:

 

Opening hours: 

Sunday to Thursday: from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. – table games from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Friday and Saturday: from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. – table games from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Except the day before Good Friday, only open until midnight that day.

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: There is a dress code: smart casual in the slots area, and in the live table area semi-formal

Entrance fee: €5

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

18+ , ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

2., Casino Duisburg
This is a picture of the Casino Duisburg building from the outside. You can read about the casino to the right of the picture.

Casino Duisburg

Casino Duisburg, address: Landfermannstraße 6, 47051 Duisburg

This casino in Duisburg has been considered Germany’s top casino by many. Even though this is disputed,  it certainly deserves a place in this top ten list.

This is also A WestSpiel casino.

The casino has a restaurant, which is voted voted Germany’s best restaurant + 2 bars.

The casino floor opens at 11 AM every day for slots only. Table games do not start until 3 PM. The floor closes at 3 AM on weekdays, and 4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

There is an entry fee of €5 for all guests just like in most upscale, bigger casinos in Germany, and there is a dress code for the live dealer table section (semi-formal – for women: dress, for men: dress shirt and suit or a nice pair of jeans with a sport coat) and no dress code for the slots parlor (but don’t look like a hobo, they will escort you).

Admission to the live game area on the second floor is 5€. The minimum age is 18 years.

 

Games: around 350 gaming machines (slot machines and video poker machines) and around 26 tables (10 Roulette wheels,, 5 blackjack, 9 Ultimate Texas Hold’em) + 50 electronic roulette, blackjack and bingo terminals

They also have a poker room with 5 poker tables featuring Pot Limit Omaha, and Texas Hold Em. The tournament schedule can be found online, here, at the bottom of the page.

 

 

Video of Spielbank Hohensyburg:

 

Opening hours: 

Slot machines: Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

Tables: Sunday to Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m

Except the day before Good Friday, only open until midnight that day.

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: There is a dress code: smart casual in the slots area, and in the live table area semi-formal

Entrance fee: €5

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

18+ , ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

3., Casino Bad Wiessee
This is a picture of the building of Casino Bad Wiessee. Next to the picture you can read about Casino Bad Wiessee, the address of the establishment, the number of games, dress code and a review analysis.

Casino Bad Wiessee

Casino Bad Wiessee, address: Winner 1, 83707 Bad Wiessee

This German casino complex is located in Bad Wiessee, a small spa town of only 5000 residents, located in Upper Bavaria, on the shores of the Tegernsee Lake.

/Comment: Bad actually means Bathhouse, Spa in German, the name literally means Bathouse Casino in Wiessee./

There is a small restaurant and a bar and a small lounge area as well in the casino. Unlike most casinos in Germany Bad Wiessee is 21+.

 

Games: around 220 gaming machines (slot machines and video poker machines) and around 11 tables (roulette, blackjack, various forms of poker)

They also have a poker room. The casino hosts regular poker tournaments every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. And every Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 6pm, the casino hosts No Limit tournament cash games. The tournament schedule can be found online, here.

 

*Bavarian Texas Hold’em explanation, tutorial, how to play: Bavarian Texas Hold’em is a variation of  Texas Hold’em. It is a very rare form of poker, it can be found in Bavarian casinos. In contrast to Texas Hold’em, the individual players do not compete against each other, but each player plays against the bank. And there are some additional bonus bets too. 

You can read a detailed tutorial explanation here, but sadly it’s only available in German.

 

Video of Casino Bad Wiessee:

 

Opening hours: 

Slots:

Sunday to Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Friday and Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Tables:

Sunday to Thursday 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Friday and Saturday 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

 

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: semi-formal, jackets are required for men

Entrance fee: €2.5

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

21+ , ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

4., Spielbank Berlin - Potsdamer Platz
This is a picture of Spielbank Berlin's entrance gate. To the right of the picture you can read info about this casino, and you can watch a video of it.

Casino Berlin – Potsdamer Platz

Spielbank Berlin – Potsdamer Platz, address: Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1, 10785 Berlin

Deutscher Spielbanken Verband (DSbV) has 4 locations, this one is called  Spielbank Berlin – Potsdamer Platz. This casino was originally located at the ZOO of Berlin (from 1975-1998). But it now has it’s own imposing 3 story building (on the picture to the left).

There is sometimes live music, and a restaurant and a theater (for US visitors: not movie theater, classic theatre).

 

The other Spielbank Berlin venues are:

  • Spielbank Berlin – Am Fernsehturm
  • Spielbank Berlin – Ellipse Spandau
  • Spielbank Berlin – Ku’damm

 

Games: around 300 gaming machines (slot machines and video poker machines) and around 12 tables (3 American Roulette wheels, 2 French Roulette wheels, 4 blackjack, 2 baccarat, 1 Ultimate Poker)

There is really nice, separate poker floor with 9 poker tables, Monday to Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 3 a.m., constant cash games, regular tournaments. Even really big poker tournaments stop here, the WSOP was here multiple times, and The German Poker Tour stops here regularly as well. The tournament schedule can be found online, here, at the bottom of the page.

 

Video of Spielbank Berlin – Potsdamer Platz:

 

Opening hours: 

daily 11:00 a.m. ‒ 05:00 a.m.
(New Year’s eve: 11:00 a.m. ‒ 03:00 a.m.; New Year’s day, January 1: 3:00 p.m. ‒ 05:00 a.m.)

 

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: no official dress code, from potsdamerplatz.de:

“Informal is the dress code in the Spielbank Berlin at Potsdamer Platz. Individuality trumps strict regulations – typical Berlin.”

Entrance fee: €2

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

18+ , ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

5., Spielbank Stuttgart
This is a picture of the Spielbank Stuttgart with its uniquely shaped building, that looks like an open box of chocolates lying on its side, with gold plating, really eye-catching. This is the 5th element on this list of the top 10 German casinos. You can find the other elements on this list above and below, and you can read more about this establishment right next to the picture.

Spielbank Stuttgart

Spielbank Stuttgart, address: Plieninger Str. 100, 70567 Stuttgart

Casino Stuttgart is located in Baden-Württemberg, and it is the state’s biggest casino.

Joyce restaurant is also part of the complex along with Club Grace, a night club with live music.

 

Games: around 200 gaming machines (slot machines and video poker machines), some of these are high-limit slots, €500 per spin max, and around 5 tables (American Roulette, 2 blackjack tables, baccarat, punto banco) + 38 electronic roulette terminals

They also have a poker section. Cash games from Sunday to Thursday, from 06:00 p.m., Number of game tables: 2, players per table: 7-8, registration is required, you can do it here. The poker tournament schedule can be found, here.

 

Video of Spielbank Stuttgart:

The gaming venue has very few videos of it online, and these are either very low quality and/or 11+ years old. If you know of a good, recent video, which depicts Casino Stuttgart please drop a link to it in the comments section.

 

Opening hours: 

Gaming machines:
Sunday – Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Friday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Tables:
Sunday – Thursday 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Friday – Saturday 4:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Roulette
daily from 4 pm

Multi Roulette System

daily from 4 pm

Blackjack
daily from 4 pm

Punto Banco
daily from 6:30 pm

 

Closed on:

  • Good Friday
  • All Saints’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Day of Prayer and Repentance
  • Sunday before Advent
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

 

UPDATE COVID-19: open, but proof of vaccination proof or proof of recovery is needed to enter

Dress code: smart casual for the slots area, and semi formal for the table gaming area and the poker section (men are required to wear jackets)

Entrance fee: none

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

21+ , ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

6., Spielbank Saarbrucken
This is a picture of the main entrance gate of Casino Saarbrücken, at night. You can read about the casino to the right of the picture..

Casino Saarbrücken

Spielbank Saarbrucken, address: Deutschmühlental, 66117 Saarbrücken

Casino Saarbrücken is situated next to the French border, and it is visited by a considerable number of French tourists (the casino staff speaks French). This is the biggest casino of the state of Saarland.

This smaller casino also has a bar, and guests can get free snacks and drinks.

The venue is owned by Saarland Spielbank GmbH., the company owns 7 casino altogether, the other are:

  • Casino Schloss Berg
  • Spielbank Neunkirchen
  • Casino Ludwigspark
  • Casino Glückspilz
  • Casino Saarlouis
  • Casino Homburg

 

Games: around 170 gaming machines (slot machines and video poker machines), and around 11 tables (American Roulette, French Roulette and blackjack) + around 20 electronic blackjack, and electronic bingo machines

They also have a small poker section with 2 tables (Texas Hold’em and No Limit Texas Hold’em). Info about cash games and the tournament schedule can be found, here.

 

Video of Spielbank Saarbrucken:

The gaming venue has very few videos of it online, and these are either very low quality and/or 11+ years old. If you know of a good, recent video, which depicts Casino Saarbrucken please drop a link to it in the comments section.

 

Opening hours: 

Gaming machines:
Sunday – Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Friday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Tables:
Sunday – Thursday 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Friday – Saturday 4:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Roulette
daily from 4 pm

Multi Roulette System

daily from 4 pm

Blackjack
daily from 4 pm

Punto Banco
daily from 6:30 pm

 

Closed on:

  • Good Friday
  • All Saints’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Day of Prayer and Repentance
  • Sunday before Advent
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

 

UPDATE COVID-19: open since June 1, 2021, proof of vaccination is needed to enter

Dress code: smart casual. according to the official website:

“elegant but informal (no shorts, open shoes, or sportswear)”

Entrance fee: € 1.5

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

18+ , ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

7., Spielbank Hannover
This is a picture of Spielbank Hannover, specifically, the front gate at night, during the opening hours of the casino. You can read more about this gambling establishment and its restaurant and bar next to the picture.

Spielbank Hannover

Spielbank Hannover, address: Lister Meile 2, 30161 Hannover

The Hannover casino is owned by Spielbanken Niedersachsen GmbH., which operates 10 gaming venues in Germany.

The casino doesn’t have a hotel, but it is partnered with hotels nearby, which offer free shuttle service to and from the casino.

 

Games: around 140 slots, and around 5 tables (4 American Roulette and 1 blackjack) + around 30 electronic roulette terminals

There is a small poker section with 2 tables. Cash games are from 16:15 to 18:30, registration and tournament schedule can be found here (Germany only).

Sporadically there are also bingo events (example here), one of the few casinos in Germany, which has bingo.

 

Video of Spielbank Hannover:

The gaming venue has very few videos of it online, and these are either very low quality and/or 11+ years old. If you know of a good, recent video, which depicts Casino Saarbrucken please drop a link to it in the comments section.

 

Opening hours: 

Jackpot Casino:
Monday 10:00 – 0:00
Tuesday 10:00 – 0:00
Wednesday 10:00 – 0:00
Thursday 10:00 – 0:00
Friday 10:00 – 02:00
Saturday 10:00 – 02:00
Sunday 11:00 – 02:00

 

Gaming Machines:
Monday 13:00 – 03:00
Tuesday 13:00 – 03:00
Wednesday 13:00 – 03:00
Thursday 13:00 – 03:00
Friday 13:00 – 04:00
Saturday 13:00 – 04:00
Sunday 13:00 – 03:00

 

Table games:
Monday 16:00 – 02:00
Tuesday 16:00 – 02:00
Wednesday 16:00 – 02:00
Thursday 16:00 – 02:00
Friday 16:00 – 03:00
Saturday 16:00 – 03:00
Sunday 16:00 – 02:00

 

Closed on:

  • Good Friday
  • All Saints’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Day of Prayer and Repentance
  • Sunday before Advent
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

 

UPDATE COVID-19: open since June 1, 2021, proof of vaccination is needed to enter

Dress code: smart casual

Entrance fee:

Day pass: 3,00 €
Annual pass: 75,00 €

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

18+ , ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

8., Baden-Baden Casino
This is a picture of Baden-Baden Kurhaus and Spielbank, specifically, the main building, during the day. You can read more about this gambling establishment to the right of the picture.

Casino Baden-Baden

Casino Baden-Baden, address: Kaiserallee 1, 76530 Baden-Baden

Kurhaus un Spilebank Baden-Baden is one of Germany’s oldest casinos. It is in operation for 200+ years.

The exterior of the complex is an homage to the Belle Époque architecture, and its interiors are ornately decorated, modeled after royal French palaces.

In its heyday, Baden-Baden was the hotspot of the European 1% and people of note: wealthy writers, composers and actors including Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky and Marlene Dietrich.

Actually, Marlene Dietrich called the casino “the world’s best casino”. This is currently the best rated casino in all of Germany, based on hundreds of online reviews.

Despite all the praise, the casino section itself is rather small by international standards (by German standards it is medium sized), and some of the gaming machines are very old. Also, this is clearly for the upper 10%, strict dress code, astronomical prices, high minim bets, be prepared, watch the video below to get an idea.

 

Games: around 140 slots, and around 9 tables (1 American Roulette wheel, 1 French roulette wheel and 7 blackjack)

There is a small poker section with 2 tables. Cash games are on Mondays, Wednesdays & Sundays from 7.00 p.m., registration and tournament schedule can be found here.

 

 

Video of Casino Baden-Baden:

 

Opening hours: 

Monday 12:00 – 02:00
Tuesday 12:00 – 02:00
Wednesday 12:00 – 02:00
Thursday 12:00 – 02:00
Friday 12:00 – 03:00
Saturday 12:00 – 03:00
Sunday 12:00 – 02:00

Closed on:

  • Good Friday
  • All Saints’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Day of Prayer and Repentance
  • Sunday before Advent
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

 

UPDATE COVID-19: open, proof of vaccination is needed to enter

Dress code: semi-formal minimum, formal recommended (this is a very posh place for the rich, dress accordingly)

Entrance fee:

Table games: 5 €
Slots: free

Meta review analysis: the casino gets fantastic reviews, 4.5/5, this is the best rated casino in all of Germany

 

21+ , ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

9., Casino Schloss Berg
This is a picture of Casino Schlossberg, a gaming venue located in a landmark-designated historic palace. You can read more about this gambling establishment to the right of the picture.

Casino Schloss Berg

Casino Schloss Berg, address: Schlossstrasse 27, D-66706 Nennig

Schloss Berg means palace mountain in German, which is an apt name for this casino located in a historic landmark-designated palace.

The casino is operated by Saarland Spielbank GmbH, and it is open since 1990.

The casino receives a significant amount of tourists from France and Luxembourg.

 

Games: around 100 slots, and around 3 tables (American Roulette, Texas Hold’em, blackjack)

They also have a small poker section with 2 tables (Texas Hold’em and No Limit Texas Hold’em). Info about cash games and the tournament schedule can be found, here.

 

Video of Casino Schloss Berg:

The gaming venue has very few videos of it online, and these are either very low quality and/or 11+ years old. If you know of a good, recent video, which depicts Casino Saarbrucken please drop a link to it in the comments section.

Opening hours:

Gaming Machines:
Monday 11:00 am – 3:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am – 3:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am – 3:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am – 3:00 am
Friday 11:00 am – 4:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 am
Sunday 11:00 am – 3:00 am

 

Table games:
Monday 19:00 am – 3:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am – 3:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am – 3:00 am
Thursday 19:00 am – 3:00 am
Friday 11:00 am – 4:00 am
Saturday 19:00 am – 4:00 am
Sunday 19:00 am – 4:00 am

 

UPDATE COVID-19: open, reopened on 2021 July 1, proof of vaccination is needed to enter

Dress code: semi-formal

Entrance fee:

Permanent ticket: € 5.00 (I have no idea what permanent ticket means, it’s sadly not explained anywhere on the official website.)

Day ticket: € 1.50

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

21+ , ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

10., Spielbank Wiesbaden
This is a picture of the entrance of Casino Wiesbaden. This is the oldest casino of Germany. This is the last casino on this list of the top 10 biggest and best rated German casinos, you can find the other gaming venues on this list above this one. To the right of the picture you can find info about the casino, including: address: opening hours: dress code, entrance fee and a video.

Casino Wiesbaden

Spielbank Wiesbaden, address: Kurhausplatz 1, 65189 Wiesbaden

The casino in Wiesbaden is the oldest  still operational casino in Germany. It opened in 1810, and it was the country second ever casino (the first one was Casino Bad Ems from 1720, but that is no longer in operation).

The Kurhaus is built in a neoclassical style, and the complex is a hotel and spa as well, with a restaurant and multiple bars.

/Comment: Kurhaus is a German word for spa with medicinal bath, the word directly translated means “a house of healing”, a reference to the scientifically-proven healing properties of natural thermal waters./

The facade of the main building (seen on the picture to the left) has a Latin inscription: “Aquis Mattiacis” , which means ‘the waters of the Mattiaci’. This refers to the Germanic tribe that once lived in that area and had legends of healing, magical waters. These fabled magical waters were likely the hot springs of Wiesbaden, which are still harnessed today for healing and wellness purposes.

The casino itself is an unremarkable medium sized casino (by German standards, small by international standards) with a beautifully decorated opulent interior space. It is a very posh place that is well known among the upper classes of the German society. Consequently, this is a very expensive place.

According to the casino:
“Every day, visitors to the gaming machines win over one million euros. On average 600 people play in the casino ever day.”

 

Games: around 190 gaming machines (slot machines, bingo machines and video poker machines), and around 11 tables (6 American Roulette wheels, 1 French roulette wheel, 4 blackjack) + 6 electronic roulette machines (with approximately 50 terminals in total)

They also have a poker room with 9 tables (Texas Hold’em and Omaha). Cash games are from 6 pm until shortly before 3 am, every day. Tournament schedule can be found here.

 

Video of Spielbank Wiesbaden:

 

Opening hours:

Gaming Machines:
Monday 11 am to 4 am
Tuesday 11 am to 4 am
Wednesday 11 am to 4 am
Thursday 11 am to 4 am
Friday 11 am to 4 am
Saturday 11 am to 4 am
Sunday 12 pm to 4 am (and before public holidays)

 

Table games:
Monday 2.45 pm to 3 am
Tuesday 2.45 pm to 3 am
Wednesday 2.45 pm to 3 am
Thursday 2.45 pm to 3 am
Friday 2.45 pm to 4 am
Saturday 2.45 pm to 4 am (and before public holidays)
Sunday 2.45 pm to 3 am

 

UPDATE COVID-19: open, poker tournaments delayed indefinitely, but no entrance fee until the end of 2021, vaccination card required

Dress code: interestingly the dress code is only smart casual

Entrance fee: The entrance fee for the table gams section is € 2.50. Admission to the area with the gaming machines is free.

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

18+ , ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

 

Bitcoin casinos in Germany

Legal status: not specifically regulated

 

Bitcoin is not illegal in Germany. In fact, 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 casino below accept bitcoin and players from Germany.

 

Other forms of online gambling in Germany

The interstate treaty of 2008 banned all forms of online gambling in 15 out of 16 German states apart from wagering on horse races, internet sports betting and online lottery. However, the 2021 new interstate treaty legalized online casinos and online poker as well.

 

The following casino websites accept players from Germany:

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This is the promo banner of Bet Online, the US-friendly digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website. The banner provides information about the latest 2022 promotional offers and bonus codes, which are offered currently by the gambling platform to new and returning players. This picture acts as a link. By clicking on it you will be taken to the website of betonline.ag, where you can register and start playing if you create a player account (must be 18+).

Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 25% - 50% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS  (for the 25% bonus) and BOL1000 (for the 50% bonus)
  • +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
  • 100% poker bonus
  • 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 a banner of Fair Go internet casino website's current 2022 promotions, bonuses. FairGo is an Australian ("Aussie") themed casino, which accepts players from Australia and New Zealand. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the digital gambling website, 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 or older. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner and on the casino's website.

FairGo - click to check out the digital casino, latest promotions, offers, hundreds of pokies, Aussie players welcome

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 latest 2022 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 place bets with real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account we (the website owners and/or employees) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible. Must be 18+.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and 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 for promotion.
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 casinos in the country, especially if you are from Germany or nearby. Thank you.

 

To learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country, check out our guide to the legal status of gambling in Germany, which supplements this article.

 


 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Germany is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.

 

Last updated: 2022-04-19

 

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Simon's Guide to Online Casinos in Germany
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Simon's Guide to Online Casinos in Germany
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A guide to the legal status, taxation, licensing of casino gambling in Germany and thee European Union. And you can find info about bitcoin casinos in the country, and a list of the best rated and biggest casinos in Germany + a list of Germany licensed online casinos, which accept players from the country.
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