Gambling license in Germany – what does it mean? How can one obtain the gambling license?
The Interstate Treaty on Gambling will have become fully operational in Germany by the end of July, 2021. Licensing of various gambling activities (virtual slot machines, online sports betting, and online poker) in all 16 states will be available without any restrictions.
The ITG provides for a list of illegal actions and violations, for which the operator can be fined up to 500,000 euros.
Security deposit: to obtain a gambling license, the applicant must provide a security deposit of at least 5 million euros. In some cases, this amount can be increased to the amount of the expected average monthly turnover (maximum 50 million euros).
Diversification of offers: gambling providers may offer different forms, such as sports betting, virtual slot machines, and online poker through the same internet domain. Operators should create graphically independent and separate E-squares for each form of gambling.
Cross-advertising between different forms of gambling is also prohibited.
Official parties and providers ensure safety of players by stipulating the following:
Sporting event is being basically defined as follows: this is a sports competition between people according to certain rules. E-sport has been included in this category.
Sports betting is understood as particular practice or an activity, that allows to bet on a future sporting event or to make a bet during an event. Normally, players bet on the outcome of a sports event or on the outcome of individual parts of it. According to Section 21 I ITG 2021, single and combined bets are allowed. Operators are allowed to take bets only officially, offer only those types of bets that were licensed.
Live bets – bets during an event. The number of live bets is limited. Bets can only be taken on the final result or the next goal, the next set, or a similar component of the final result in the sport.
Prohibited types of bets include bets on sports events involving minors and amateur sports. National or international events excluded.
Betting on manipulation, compromise, irregular behavior (as foul), and penalty for such behavior (e.g. a red card) is forbidden. As well as betting on any other action or occurrence able to ruin integrity of the event.
ITG 2021 stipulates official provisions for licensing and operational order of virtual slot machines.
Virtual slot machines – on-line alternatives (copies) of land-based slot machines.
Slot machine betting is rigid: 1 euro per game; a minimum average game duration of 5 seconds. Operators cannot offer jackpots. Cash prizes or smaller parts of the money won – can`t be accumulated for future betting. Bets and payouts are to be in euros only; no conversion is allowed.
On-line poker – a poker game without a pot holder, in which people (individuals) play against each other at a virtual table. This type is subject to licensing.
Games against the computer cannot be licensed and remain prohibited.
According to ITG 2021 online casino licensing doesn`t apply to all 16 states.
An online casino – is defined as:
The federal state can choose one of the options to arrange legal gambling within its area and make it available through:
The number of licenses that can be granted to private operators is limited by the number of land-based casinos. In most states of Germany, there is only one off-line casino.