World Travel Guide for Gamblers: Germany
Germany is as old as the hills and has a varied and turbulent history to go along with it. These days it is home to 81.5 inhabitants, which is the most in any member state of the European Union and the seventh most visited country in the world.
Germany has over 50 casinos and legalized online casino. The Spielbank company have the reigns on the mid-large sized casinos in Berlin, and Hamburg, however, Vulkan is another chain of much smaller, slot machine based casinos that you’ll see a lot around town.
Concentrating today on the country’s capital, Berlin has a population of nearly 3.5 million and is hosting a number of casinos in the city.
Casino Berlin Alexanderplatz/ Spielbank Berlin at the TV tower
Opening hours: 11.00am – 3.00am
This is a mid-sized casino but it racks up points for location, as it is smack bang in the center of town in the iconic West German TV Tower in Alexanderplatz.
They have just under 200 slot machines guaranteed to make any player happy, including 30 touch screen monitors on electronic games such as video poker and electronic bingo.
3 cash poker tables with daily poker tournaments with up to 30 players. 5 live table games including Roulette and Blackjack. If you plan to go there often you’d best get a ‘Player Card’ and reap some benefits! Entrance is €1.
Spielbank Berlin at Potsdamer Platz
Opening hours: 11.00am – 5.00am
Open since the year 2000 the Casino Berlin Potsdamer Platz is the city’s largest. Over three floors, in a great location in the bustling city center, the area is full of shopping, cinemas, and theatres as well as bars and restaurants.
This casino has up to 350 slot machines including electronic games, 7 jackpot Slots, Video slots and Multi roulette. It has impressive 6 tables for poker tournaments and 11 live table games. Entrance is €2.50. You are bound to have a good night here, the even have a great bar called the Baccara-Bar where you’ll find spirits to indulge in from all over the world. A top-notch establishment but for best online pokies real money.
Opening hours: 11.00am – 3.00am
Small but accessible, this casino in Hasenheide doesn’t offer any live table games, its slot machines and poker floor only I’m afraid! But that’s great for those not interested in roulette, baccarat (that definitely requires learning baccarat strategy) or blackjack. There are poker tournaments every day of the week with up to 40 places available and around 100 slot machines to get your teeth into. They work on a ‘ticket in, ticket out’ cashless system, which makes it easier for everyone. Entrance is free!
Hamburg population comes in second at around 1,7 million. Not too shabby, and the place to be for casinos in Germany.
Spielbank Casino Hamburg Esplanade
Opening hours: 3.00pm – 4.00am
Located in a beautiful old German building, the Spielbank Casino Hamburg Esplanade gets points for originality of residence and number of games available. At this casino, you can play Roulette, Blackjack, and Poker of 18 different tables. There are around 140 slot machines, which include KENO and 6 Hamburg Mystery Jackpots.
Have a drink in the bar, in the lounge or on the terrace in between bets or spins and enjoy the surrounds. Only €2 Euro to get in and then the night is in your hands!
Opening hours:1.00pm – 4.00am
Hamburg’s Reeperbahn is not only the city’s red light district but one of the top spots for nightlife and clubbing. This makes it the perfect location for Spielbank Hamburg Casino Reeperbahn. It’s not a huge casino but sis big enough to keep you entertained. There are 90 slot machines, including Video Slots and Electronic Roulette, and Poker from 8 pm every night. The building itself is a beautiful old 4 story white corner building with gold detailing. It seems to be a diamond that sits in between the KFC and a 24-hour kiosk. Entry is €1
Opening hours: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Any casino that has 100 or over slot machines is considered to be sufficient in terms of variety and choice for playing the “pokies”. Casino Schenefeld comes in at 104 machines, which include up to 15 touchscreens on electronic games. 8 tables for poker tournaments and 6 for cash games, they also have 8 live table games to choose from.
This casino is not under the Speilbank umbrella but is run by Casino Schleswig Holstein, which is a nice change! They have a very classy and hip bar and lounge to enjoy in the surrounds of the casino, which has a slightly industrial feel to its architecture and furnishings. Entry is €2 Euro.