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Betting in Hamburg

Published on: 08/08/2016

Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city and the country’s biggest port with a population of approximately 1.7 million. Hamburg has played an important role in trading with Europe since the middle ages. It joined the Hanseatic League and free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire, then becoming a sovereign state under the German Confederation. Hamburg is one of Europe’s most opulent cities, and is an extremely popular tourist destination.

Hamburg has a wealth of cultural attractions, including many museums, theatres, clubs, live music events, festivals and restaurants, and the city boasts various styles of architecture. The Reeperbahn is Europe’s biggest red light district with an array of nightclubs, strip clubs, brothels and cabarets.

The Das Casino Reeperbahn is a grand building which offers a wide selection of gaming machines and table games such as blackjack and poker. The casino also has a bar.

Merkur-Spielothek is a division of the Gauslemann Group, and is a family run company who started making their own slot machines in the mid-1970s. Merkur-Spielothek operates four casinos in Hamburg, one of which can be found in Reeperbahn. Another two are situated to the east of Hamburg and one can be found in the EKZ Hamburger Meile shopping complex.

The Casino Esplanade is one of Hamburg’s larger gambling venues. It houses160 gaming machines and 19 table games. Spielbank Hamburg also operates its sister venue, the Das Casino Reeperbahn. The Automatenspiel Steindamm (within the Hotel Graf Moltke), the Automatenspiel Wandsbek and the Automatenspiel Mundsburg are all gambling properties in Hamburg which offer mainly machine-type gaming. All three are managed by Spielbank Hamburg. Vulkan Stern-Hamburg is a popular casino brand with over two dozen properties known as “Automaten casinos” located throughout the city. The gaudy-looking venues provide wagering opportunities 23 hours a day, facilitating billiards tables, games machines and snack bars. The minimum age required for play is 18 years and above.

A company called AIDA Cruises runs several cruise ship casinos. The AIDA Mar and the AIDA Blu sail in Hamburg’s Elbe River. Players have plenty of gambling opportunities on board from table games to gaming machines. Both ships feature bars and dining areas. Hamburg-Horn Racecourse was built in 1855, and is Germany’s oldest horse racing track for thoroughbreds. The venue is home to the annual Deutsches Derby and hosts flat racing events. Bets can be placed via the trackside German Tote.