To offer gambling, an operator needs an official permit, a so-called license. The award of such licenses in Baden-Württemberg is made by the Regional Council of Karlsruhe. The Lotto and Toto Block as well as the casinos in Baden-Baden, Constance and Stuttgart feature such a license.
If gambling is offered without license, it is illegal gambling and is punished with a prison sentence or a fine: cf. Criminal Code; Section 284
Also individuals, taking part in unlicensed and therefore illegal gambling, can be punished with a fine or a prison sentence of up to six months: cf. Criminal Code; Section 285.