Online Poker in Germany
Poker is very popular in Germany. According to online poker news sites, an average of a quarter of a million Germans play live poker and, as of 2019, gamblers can find almost 30 poker rooms across the country.
Despite the fact that many card players claim that poker is more about skill and strategy rather than luck - and, therefore, a sport -, in Germany it is considered a form of gambling. This way, most online poker sites are illegal, which might explain the high number of players in live poker.
|Is online poker legal in Germany?||No.|
|Can I deposit via PaySafeCard/Skrill/Trustly?||Yes.|
|Do online poker sites accept EUR?||Yes.|
Online Poker Laws in Germany
Although there are no specific German online poker laws, the general prohibition on formerly legal online gambling sites in the country holds for this game too. Even with the new reformulations to the ITG - and because there is no mention of online poker - its status is still illegal.
In fact, the only exception is the state of Schleswig-Holstein, which has made licensed internet poker sites legal in the past. On that territory, gamblers have access to platforms such as PokerStars or Bet365 Poker. However, just as in the case of licensed online casino sites in Germany, players from the other states are still able to play poker online on foreign operators.
Online Poker Payment Methods in Germany
Licensed online poker sites in Germany try to be as transparent as possible. This way, players are able to use VISA and VISA Electron to both deposits and withdrawals of their winnings on most websites. Despite not usually eligible for withdrawals, operators such as Betway Poker or Betsson Poker also accept MasterCard and Maestro for deposits.
Regarding less conventional methods, some operators accept deposits via Trustly or PaySafeCard, as well as Neteller, PayPal, Skrill to deposit and withdraw.
Online Poker Sites Accepting EUR
Most international operators allow gamblers to play with Euro. In this way, Germans are able to manage their accounts with their local currency, not having to worry about conversion fees. Moreover, with many online poker sites accepting EUR, gamblers can also be better informed about online poker promotions in Germany.