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Slot Trumps: Do German regulations limit player behaviour?

| By Robin Harrison
Germany’s online slot regulations have a significant bearing on player activity in the regulated markets, the latest Slot Trumps dashboard from EveryMatrix reveals. 
EveryMatrix Slot Trumps Germany

Slot Trumps lays bare the impact of restrictive regulation on the German online casino market, which has the second-lowest average bet size of all markets covered to date and the lowest of the European countries. 

EveryMatrix Slot Trumps Germany card
Germany’s online slot restrictions are cutting stakes and play sessions

The €1 maximum stake limit on slots pushes average stakes down to €0.52, roughly 50% below the global average across EveryMatrix’s SlotMatrix network. 

German online slot restrictions bite

There are further limitations to contend with and clear evidence of these impacting player activity. Consumers can only play one game at a time, which coupled with fixed spin speeds results in average bets per session of 59. 

Wait times between spins also mean German online slots players prefer a higher volatility game – the highest recorded by Slot Trumps to date, as they look for more entertainment for less. 

In Greece, another market where low stake limits affect play, average bets per session are 30% higher. Romania doesn’t impose such restrictions and average bets per session are 50% higher as result. 

Slot Trumps Germany: Classic themes, classic features

The prevalence of free spins as the most visible bonus feature (found in 85% of SlotMatrix’s top 20 games in Germany) is a consequence of the limitations. Free spins extend gameplay without any additional spend, which may mitigate the low stakes and slow game rounds. 

When it comes to themes, tried and tested works best – animals, fruits and fantasy themes rule the roost. For German online slot players, there’s very little difference between the three though, with 24.7% animal themed games are the most popular. 

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