History and tasks of the Gambling Research Center

Goals of the Gambling Research Center

Research on gambling has a long tradition at the University of Hohenheim. Before the research center was founded, Hohenheim lawyers had already dealt with the legal questions of gambling, consumer researchers with the problem of addiction, and mathematicians and statisticians with the probability of winning. When the research center was founded, scientists from other universities were also integrated and the interdisciplinary basis expanded. The members of the research center bring their expertise in the areas of regulatory and consumer policy, consumer behavior and market theory, mathematics and statistics, finance, public law, economic theory, tax theory, communication science, household and gender economics, marketing, game theory,

It is the aim of the Gambling Research Center to scientifically investigate the areas of games and betting, luck and passion. Depending on the scientific question, teams are formed with the expertise of the specialist disciplines relevant to the question.

What insights do we hope to gain from research?

Gambling has a long tradition as a model on which scientific knowledge is gained. Major areas of expertise have emerged from research into gambling. Thus, the analysis of the dice game gave rise to probability theory and statistics, the analysis of the so-called St. Petersburg paradox, a special game of chance with an infinitely high expected value, the economic benefit theory, and game theory from the analysis of board games. This shows that gambling has long been a proven research model for mathematicians and statisticians, and more recently for economists in particular, in order to gain new knowledge.

In legal science, the legal perspective is in the foreground. The case law is followed and commented on. The relevance of various legal interpretations is discussed. There is a legal consideration. In psychology and medicine, insights into pathological gambling are gained. Therapy approaches are being developed. Even the results of these two well-established fields of research have so far been neglected in an interdisciplinary context. An interdisciplinary, interdisciplinary view of gambling is a prerequisite for rational policy-making.

In addition, each of the scientists involved in the research center hopes to gain new research knowledge for their specialist area. The great potential of the Research Center for Gambling lies in the interdisciplinary approach.

The results of the research are not only of scientific interest, they are based on practical questions that have not yet been resolved and are therefore also important in practice. The objectives and questions of the research projects can be developed by the scientists themselves or in connection with potential external clients.

The Gambling Research Center is an institution of the University of Hohenheim. The university makes funds available to the research center for its work, which it receives from the association for the promotion of research and teaching in the field of “games and betting”. This funding association is financed by contributions, donations and donations from third parties for research purposes. It only pursues charitable purposes. Companies that are active in the field of gambling can become a member of the association.

You are also welcome to support our work with a one-time donation. Please contact us directly. The association is recognized by the tax office as a non-profit organization and authorized to issue donation receipts.

knowledge transfer

The transfer of knowledge into society is of particular concern to the gaming research department. In addition to regular reports in various media, the employees in the work area also participate in further training events of various professional groups and as independent experts for political decision-makers. In addition, the work area cooperates with a large number of national and international scientists, authorities, ministries and professional associations. For research ethical reasons, however, there is no cooperation with gaming providers.


The members of the work area train various professional groups concerned with games of chance as part of further training events. These include:

Judges and prosecutors

Psychologists and psychotherapists

Money laundering officers from credit institutions

Detective and law enforcement officers

With the Gambling Academy you have access to a well-known specialist team with experience and know-how in all aspects of commercial gambling. The interdisciplinary gaming academy cooperates accordingly with the lawyers of the Benesch Winkler law firm active in gaming law nationwide

Services and skills

We develop addiction prevention solutions for your company without prejudice and practice-oriented. Aligned to the legal requirements, we offer you the support and creation of social concepts for, among other things, arcades, betting shops, machine operators and gastronomy as well as prevention training for your employees.

Through the cooperation with the Benesch Winkler law firm specializing in gaming law, it is possible to carry out both the social concepts and the training courses based on the current state of law and case law.