|Germany is a federal
republic consisting of sixteen federal states that all have their own laws for
gambling as well as the federal laws. Internet casinos and online sports
bookmakers were banned by Interstate Treaty from 1st January 2008. No
government enforcement took place so people in Germany had little difficulty in
In 2010 and 2012 the European Court of Justice ruling
that the German government would be required to open up what it saw as a state
monopoly of the countrys internet gambling industry which is against the
single market principles. The federal government then amended their treay to
allow a certain number of licences back in 2012 and although many hundreds of
applications have been made, none have been granted.
In January 2012,
the state of Schleswig-Holstein, northern most in Germany, created its own
gambling laws which saw a good number of licences granted. Pressure from the
feds soon had them back in line with the Interstate Treaty but not to repeal
the licences which still stand.
Essentially no prosecutions have
occured in Germany and licensed European operators have no trouble in getting
customers in Germany, especially with the backing of the European Court of
Lotto, known as Lotto 6aus49, is the countrys biggest national game and
draws take place twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday. It is a 6 from 49 game
and started small with just a few states back in 1948 but gradually all states
joined in. There are around 25,000 acceptance points across the country but you
can easily play it
online at Tipp24.
Due to the confusion of German state laws and European
rulings, some online operators take bets from people in Germany and others have
chosen to stay clear, despite the huge volume of the german market. You'll have
to check with your individual operator, bet365 does and Corals do not but this
will definitely change over the next few years.
There are more than 50 casinos spread around
Germany. You have to be be at least 18 and present a valid photo ID to enter.
They are situated in large cities and spa towns, often denoted with the word
'Bad' in the title meaning just that, spa or even bath. Some, like the casino
in Bad Ems which is 200 years old in 2020 are small and have less formal dress
codes. Others, like the more famous Casino Baden-Baden are more for the
high-roller and expect a dress shirt and jacket for men in the live games area.
Here the minimum age is 21 and entrance fee of 5 Euros. There are no Vegas
style casinos in Germany.
Sports betting is legal and is very popular. Known in Germany
as Sportwetten, you may see this on highstreet shops. Horse racing and trap
racing are very popular. Normal racing bets are taken and they have few bet
types of their own. Triple is first three in correct order, Place-Wette is in
the first two and V5-Wette is a bit like a UK jackpot bet where you have to
pick the winner of five appointed races and can have as many lines as you can
Sportwetten shops, or bookmakers are all over Germany in towns
and cities. Most common names are Bet3000, Tipico, mybet and Tipbet but also
smaller outfits very similar to the UK. Shops are generally clean and modern
Thousands of amusement arcades around the country and all
casinos have banks of slots, and some casinos are slot only. Most bars have
slot machines, its a big money spinner in the country.
All over Germany. You can't place bets
except with illegal bookmakers which are very common in the country. All bars