German Online Casinos
Online gambling in Germany has never been fully legalised and even today the laws are not entirely clear. The online gambling industry has had a shaky and troublesome past and it was never properly monitored or regulated. A federal ban on gambling was introduced in 2008 but this was quickly reversed by the European Union just two years later. Since this decision, the defiant German state of Schleswig-Holstein took the liberty of passing its own gambling Act and it issued a number of online gambling licenses to various operators in 2012.
In the same year, the German Authorities brought in new legislation which was to be known as the Treaty on Gambling and this strictly prohibited all forms of online gambling and it was assumed that individual states would endorse this new Act. All of the federal states did abide by the new legislation apart from the Schleswig-Holstein state, at least not straight away anyway. After some time, the state did eventually ratify the Act and it even got rid of its own Act. However, just before the Act was scrapped, the state managed to issue a total of 23 online gambling licenses to online casino operators and these licensed are valid for six years.
As recently as May 2013, the first German owned & operated online casino opened (licensed by Schleswig-Holstein), but the vast majority of German online casinos are in fact licensed in non-German jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom (the UK Gambling Commission), Alderney (Alderney Gambling Control Commission), the Isle of Man (The Gambling Supervision Commission) or in Gibraltar (the Government of Gibraltar).
You will also find that most other German online casinos are licensed either in Antigua & Barbuda (Directorate of Offshore Gaming), Malta (Lotteries and Gaming Authority), Kahnawake Mohawk Territory (Kahnawake Gaming Commission), which is in Quebec, Canada, or in Curaçao (Curaçao Internet Gaming Association / CIGA). Many of today’s best German online casinos are powered either by Microgaming or Playtech, but German players also now have access to games from various other leading online casino software providers including Realtime Gaming, Betsoft Gaming, IGT Interactive and Net Entertainment.
Although today’s best German online casinos are controlled by foreign operators, you’ll find that they all accept Euros and they all accept a wide range of perfectly secure German online payment options, plus these sites can all be displayed in the German language, not just in English. The support for German players is generally toll-free and these casinos can generally be contacted by telephone, email or by live chat. Whenever you open a new account with a German online casino, you will instantly qualify for a guaranteed welcome bonus and the great thing is that German online casinos are all free to sign up to.