Bookmakers in Germany

Bookmakers in Germany

Germany has over 83 million inhabitants, is a founding member of the European Union and is one of the largest countries in Europe.

Local residents are big fans of sports betting but the state is in no hurry to finally regulate the market at the legislative level.

German bookies enjoy doing business as the state does not interfere with their activities or in the difficulties that arise only in the field of online gambling.

The fact is that real world betting in Germany has existed for a long time and has never been the subject of bans (for example, the first casino in Baden was opened in 1765).

However, the same cannot be said for online gaming.

Since 2008, laws have established almost complete restrictions on Internet betting, but in 2012, under pressure from the European Union, restrictions and bans were relaxed or partially lifted.

Best Bookies in Germany

(Global Ranking of German Online Bookmakers)
Updated in May 2022 May 2022
Global Ranking of Bookies: Detailed Information

Top 10 German Bookies

(Monthly German Visitors)
Top 10 German Bookies

Many betting websites now have German .de domain names and are monolingual in German but this does not always mean that such companies are licensed in Germany. However, this does not prevent them from accepting local players, since as it was mentioned above, the law has not prohibited this.

German bettors have long used this compromise and they have overwhelmingly placed their online bets on foreign betting sites which do not have a German license.

Below you will find a list of the most popular online bookmakers in Germany.

Most Popular Betting Sites in Germany

Updated in May 2022 May 2022
Monthly German Visitors: Detailed Information
Most Popular Betting Markets
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Popular payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Sofort, Skrill, Neteller, ClickandBuy, MuchBetter.
  • Currency: € (Euro / EUR)

Bookmaker Bonuses for German Players

Betting Bonuses and Free Bets for India

Not many online bookmakers have promotions for the German sports betting market.

Nevertheless, we were able to find and collect relevant invitation bonuses and free bets for players from Germany and compile them in one list.

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Best Sign Up Bonuses for Germany:

Football Betting Sites in Germany

Football  Betting Sites in Germany

Germany is a country where football has been the dominant sport over the past several decades.

As a consequence, the most popular activities among players involve football betting and finding the best odds for online betting on Bundesliga matches.

Best Bundesliga Betting Sites

Top 10 German Betting Sites

(Monthly German Visitors | Percent of German Visitors)

 Tipico German Betting Site

1. Tipico (Germany)

www.tipico.de

Monthly Visitors: 1,345,108

Percent of Visitors: 98.04%

 Bwin German Betting Site

2. Bwin (Germany)

www.bwin.de

Monthly Visitors: 675,481

Percent of Visitors: 95.51%

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 Bet365 German Betting Site

3. Bet365 (Germany)

www.bet365.de

Monthly Visitors: 647,503

Percent of Visitors: 91.82%

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22Bet Betting Site

4. 22Bet

www.22bet.com

Monthly Visitors: 606,452

Percent of Visitors: 34.14%

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 Betano German Betting Site

5. Betano (Germany)

www.betano.de

Monthly Visitors: 234,230

Percent of Visitors: 96.12%

Betway Betting Site

6. Betway (Germany)

www.betway.de

Monthly Visitors: 108,702

Percent of Visitors: 99.33%

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Karamba German Betting Site

7. Karamba

www.karamba.com

Monthly Visitors: 69,976

Percent of Visitors: 32.70%

GGbet Betting Site

8. GGbet

www.gg.bet

Monthly Visitors: 56,949

Percent of Visitors: 15.16%

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 Tipwin German Betting Site

9. Tipwin (Germany)

www.tipwin.de

Monthly Visitors: 29,004

Percent of Visitors: 100.00%

 Cloudbet Betting Site

10. Cloudbet

www.cloudbet.com

Monthly Visitors: 9,170

Percent of Visitors: 12.21%

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Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Germany?

Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Germany?

To date, out of 16 German states, only Schleswig-Holstein has licensed websites for online betting.

It is only there that you can engage in sports betting and use bank cards to make deposits and pay out winnings absolutely legally.

The well-known Bet365 betting site, for example, has the German license for legal online betting on the territory of Schleswig-Holstein.

As for other areas, betting is not officially allowed but there is no ban on betting on international betting sites.

Therefore, the Germans are mainly engaged in betting on foreign websites, using electronic payment systems.

Payment Methods for Betting Sites in Germany

Taking into account the fact that the bulk of German players place sports bets online on betting sites, e-wallets and payment systems are popular in Germany, this is first and foremost due to the fact that they leave users with relative anonymity .

In these cases, German players prefer the following payment methods:

  • PayPal
  • Paysafecard
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Sofort
  • Trustly
  • CLICK2Pay
  • ClickandBuy
  • MuchBetter
  • Giropay

Finally bank cards are also often used for betting at licensed online bookmakers.

Taxes on Winnings

Taxes on Winnings in Germany

At the moment, the German state has established tax rates of 5% on winnings. This in fact is a significant figure since the player's profit is reduced by the same 5% from each bet he makes.

For ordinary bettors who make only a few bets a month these are almost invisible expenses, but for the professional players who make hundreds of bets a month, this is a serious blow.

It is the latter who try to find the highest possible betting odds in order to reduce the total margin of the bookmaker, and it is precisely due to an additional small percentage of profit that they have a relatively stable income.

However, not everything is as bad as it might seem because some online bookmakers (an example is the large bookmaker Bwin) in Germany pay taxes for their customers.

How many locals participate in Sports Betting?
German Gamblers

Despite the fact that online betting is not officially allowed on the territory of the country the population of Germany is a very active participant in global online gambling.

According to experts, Germans make up about 10% of the total number of active online players in the world. This is a very large figure and, of course, it is primarily due to the absence of a prohibition to place bets on unlicensed foreign betting sites.