Is online sports betting legal in Germany?

Everyone knows, of course, that all you have to do is turn on your PC and you can be your own lucky blacksmith. However, there are big differences between the possibilities of sports betting and games on the Internet. You must consider further still different possibilities of the legal basic conditions. Moreover, it is not necessarily always a federal law and the matter is not federal, but can also be regulated at the level of the states. However, we do not want to take a basic course in law here, but only look at the surfaces under which you can place sports bets in Germany.

State Treaty on Gaming

At the beginning of this year, a new State Treaty on Gaming was adopted by all 16 federal states. The sad news is that it is basically a refined version of a gambling law that was passed a few years ago. So you can see that the countries basically have a very strong dominance over what is actually decided. In principle, however, this answers the initial question a little more closely. For it was precisely with this State Treaty on Gaming that it was enforced that there are no other laws for sports betting. So you can also indirectly deduce from this that as an operator in other EU Member States you can also bet. There are also no barriers due to the freedom of movement in the EU. 

However, there are also questions here that are not quite so simple, but which can be answered directly through EU legislation.

However, the intention of the federal government is basically clear. One tries here to create quite simply an own, more liberal gambling law, which makes also the gambling operators possible the request of licenses. This should also apply to most games of chance and therefore the sports sector has also been decidedly integrated. From this point of view, you can also assume that sports betting is also included in this area. In Germany, however, this area is quite clearly regulated.

Different types of games of chance

As is customary in Germany or as one would actually want to assume, there are also very precise dividing lines here. It is regulated by law in such a way that there are different types of games of chance. These types are also subdivided very precisely, so that very specific types are possible. These are casinos, sports betting areas and related games.

The largest casino in the country is a casino in Dortmund. Here several different table games, poker tables and also different game and video poker machines are offered. What seems so simple from the outside, has however in the root nevertheless a larger problem. One calls the problem for this reason also very gladly as of Germany gambling problem. Lawmakers are beginning to realize that their own bets on stricter gambling rules do not pay off. When slot machines are closed, gamblers increasingly turn to the grey market or illegal websites. For this reason, the topic is handled very carefully here.

The critics don’t mince their words and call it a false game.

However one may stand to it is also not relevant here. But it’s much more relevant how you tackle it. Because to permanently accept such strange double standards won’t work either. So many problems, which can develop from it, become obvious then also what naturally no durable advance can be. Because on the one hand one has the situation that gambling itself in a certain form is illegal in Germany, on the other hand one has to face the challenges of the internet anyway. Online gambling is illegal in Germany and hundreds of slot machine halls have been closed since stricter rules came into force last summer. But the state’s lottery monopoly remains intact and generates a large amount of taxes for the state every year. During the whole discussion, such topics are usually left out of the equation at all. Most people discuss bans very superficially, but of course they also think about taxes. However, this aspect also remains concerned here, because in sum very different manoeuvres can be achieved. In the public eye, however, this area is largely excluded from discussion. Only if it appears to serve the purpose will the area of taxation also be included in the discussion.