Germany could be considered as something of a sleeping giant when it comes to the mobile casino revolution that is taking place around the world. The country certainly has something of a gambling culture, at least in line with many other surrounding countries in Europe. It has a number of land based casinos, either built in to other social facilities or operating as standalone enterprises, and there is also a typical culture of sports betting on some of the world’s most famous football teams and at horse racing tracks that are based all around the country. Indeed, the first German casino to be open to the public was established in 1764 and many believe it to be the first public casino in the world.
Online gambling and, by extension mobile gambling, is something of a tricky subject in the country, although once again players in other countries will no doubt have experienced something similar throughout the course of their gaming activities. Land based gambling is licenced and regulated on a state by state basis – the act of gambling is legal in all sixteen states and many local governments collect millions of dollars annually from the player base. As online gambling became more and more prolific, international operators began to target the country and local governments faced the same issues as others before them, where much of the gambling cash available was being diverted to operators that were outside the grasp of local taxation authorities. Some say that the rules were changed to protect local interests, but either way regulations were indeed changed to limit the capabilities of online casino operators in the country.
Basically, as of a law passed on the 1st January 2008, all online gambling became illegal. However, banning it outright was seen both by players and operators as something of a contravention of the laws set out by the European Commission. One such company to challenge the new laws was B-Win, a veritable powerhouse in the online gambling scene. They challenged and then appealed against the blocks and were ultimately successful. Overall, the law itself continues to prove something of a sticking point, with Schleswig-Holstein at the centre of current discussions after permitting international operators to gain licences and then subsequently changing their stance. As of the time of writing, even this is up in the air.
Either way, the fact remains that if German players wish to enjoy what is on offer at mobile casinos then they will. The country is currently behind much of Europe in terms of smartphone adoption, with a current penetration rate of around 30%. However, those that do use them use the internet regularly and the country is likely to follow the trend of the rest of Europe by rapidly acquiring the latest handsets that subsequently offer access to the latest mobile casino games. 3G coverage certainly is not an issue, with many of the largest operators in the country such as Telekom and Vodafone already covering the vast majority of the country with more than serviceable speeds.
Naturally, German players have little difficulty when it comes to playing in their local currency. The Euro is now even more common at mobile casinos than the US Dollar in many cases, so German players do at least have the luxury of not having to make their selection of mobile casino based on whether the banking facilities are suitable.
In terms of actually playing the games, some operators respect the laws on gambling completely, while other offer German players a range of options without explicitly marketing to the country. Casino.com, for example, has a dedicated German language version of their site that covers everything from live chat support to the games themselves. We have also identified Casino Euro as being one of the best sites for players both in Germany and around Europe, as the name would imply. They too offer the entire experience in German, all the way through to their mobile casino software platform. Bonuses and promotions are all available in Euros, and they offer one of the widest selections of mobile casino games of any operator, ensuring that there is something for everyone.
German mobile casino fans have a lot to look forward to when it comes to playing games on their smartphones and tablets. A murky legal landscape currently exists but the success of some operators at challenging the rules, and the intervention of the European Commission, means that Germany’s mobile casino growth is likely to continue as more and more operators find their path to the market smoothed out. You can always find the latest news and developments right here at MobileCasino.net.