Germans Gambling Less, And Have Lower Problem Gambling Issues

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Apr 6, 2018

Centre of Addiction review notes marked decline in gambling participation

The chaotic legal situation in Germany may have something to do with the reportedly significant decline in gambling participation by German punters, which the Centre for Addiction review for 2018 notes has dropped from 87.1 percent in 2009 to 75.3 percent in 2017.

The report notes that the decline occurred against a background in which the sports betting market has actually grown almost 192 percent since more liberal laws were introduced in 2006, although online casino gambling in all states other than Schleswig Holstein remains technically illegal.

German punters are less likely to become problem gamblers, it appears – the review notes that only 0.56 percent of Germans have potential issues, wth 0.31 percent falling into the category of compulsive or pathological gamblers…both figures below those experienced in other major gambling markets.

Interestingly, among the 8 percent of those seeing addiction treatment, 72.3 percent were slots players.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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