Germany - Making up for Lost Time

Poker is quite a recent addition to Germany's arsenal of popular card games. The Germans are as fond as gambling as any other nation, but the two most popular card games in Germany are Skat - a three-player game played with a shortened deck in which in turn two of the competitors defend against the third, and Doppelkopf, a game for four players competing in teams of two in which players win points by playing tricks.

Despite there having been a poker-type game played in Germany many centuries ago called "Pochspiel", poker was largely completely unplayed in the country until after the Second World War. Once the war was over, a large US military base was established in Frankfurt, and the American soldiers who were stationed there brought their love of poker with them. The primary game of choice was 7-Card Stud Poker - Texas Hold'em poker and Omaha poker remained unheard of and unplayed in Germany until the explosion across the world wide web of online poker in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Despite the influence of the Americans, Germany never really fell in love with poker unlike other nations - prefering instead trick-taking games such as the two games mentioned above.

Online poker in Germany has a slightly dubious status, although current legislation is muddled, and online poker playing as a German-based player means you are in a indistinct world halfway between legallity and illegality. No German-based player has ever been prosecuted for playing online poker - that's one thing that's certain. Here I list some of the best poker sites that a German-based player can enjoy a little poker playing at:

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One of the best iPoker network sites where any poker player can be a "Winner" if they play the game right!

Sign up with Winner Poker to receive a massive 250% First Deposit Bonus available up to a mammoth €1,500 + £10 FREE!

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PartyPoker was THE No.1 place to play poker before it was hit by the ban on US players that rocked the poker world in 2011.

Now PartyPoker is back with a complete new look and feel. The question is - can it regain that coveted number one spot?

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The Poker Room from one of the UK's biggest bookmakers - William Hill have been around over eighty years!

Enjoy your poker backed by one of UK's most familiar high-street names - there's a tasty bonus waiting as well!

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Enjoy your poker playing at Titan Poker, one of the best online poker sites under the iPoker Network umbrella.

Join thousands of your fellow players at the tables and play Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and more!

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Bet365 began life in a portakabin in Stoke-on-Trent in England and are now one of the biggest online gaming portals in the world!

One of the few big poker sites to offer a no-deposit bonus - grab your free €5 when you sign up! FREE money to begin your poker career!

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Get something for nothing at 888poker.com. Sign up and you'll receive a free $20 welcome bonus - no deposit necessary.

You can play Hold'em, Omaha and Stud at 888poker, plus the adrenalin-fuelled "Snap Poker" especially for speed poker addicts.

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BetOnline is another one of the developing poker rooms that finally are accepting players who are based in the United States!

If you like to gamble on more than poker, then BetOnline could be the right choice for you - sports betting is also available!

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Aced Poker is perhaps the longest-server poker room who have continued to accept US-based players, having been around since 2007.

They are part of the extensive Australia-based Merge Gaming Network meaning there's always plenty of players around for you to compete with.

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If you're an Omaha High or High-low lover, then you might think yourself short-changed at poker rooms as Texas Hold'em seems to be the number one game.

Not so at Mansion Poker - Omaha is very much the favored game, and there are plenty of extra benefits for Omaha Players!

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Full Flush Poker is part of the Equity poker network - a great new network designed to bring the best for online poker players

If you're based in the United States you be pleased to hear that Full Flush Poker is open to USA-based players!

Uniquely, poker in Germany is seen as much a woman's game as it is a man's game, and Germany has produced two of the best European female poker players of all time, namely Sandra Naujoks and Katja Thater. Naujoks - who has been blessed with the nickname 'Black Mamba' - began as an online poker player but such was her success she swiftly moved into real-world tournaments, and has gone on to amass nearly $2million in career tournament earnings. Her best finish came at the 2009 European Poker Tour German Open, where she took home the top prize of $1.3million in the EPT No Limit Hold'em event. Thater has a World Series Of Poker bracelet (she won the 2007 Razz event) and has reached the final table on two separate occasions. Thater has been a member of PokerStars Team Pro.

Striking an important blow for German men are Sebastian Ruthenberg (winner of the 2008 WSOP 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo World Championship), and Tobias Reinkemeier, who won the EPT Monte Carlo No Limit Hold'em High Roller event in 2010.

If you're based in Germany, you'll probably find some limitations to your freedom to enjoy playing poker. Never fear! Simply consult the listings given above and you'll soon be sitting at an online poker table, enjoying your poker with millions of other players all across the globe!

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