The bets placed at Trabrennbahn Mariendorf are intended for play, fun and enjoyment. However, betting on horses can become a serious addiction for some people. Gambling addiction is a serious illness with alarming consequences.
The Berliner Trabrenn-Verein e.V.  would therefore like to explain the possible dangers to its clients and at the same time offer information and assistance in order to ensure they engage in responsible gambling.


Set a financial limit for your bets and stick to it. You must be able to justify the loss of your bets.

  • Only bet amounts you can afford to lose.
  • Also set a time limit and take sufficient, frequent breaks.
  • Only bet with money that you do not need for your daily needs.
  • Never borrow money for a bet.
  • Do not use gambling as a way to earn money.
  • Do not try to offset losses by placing higher bets.
  • A good way to prevent the loss of clarity and control is to gamble responsibly.
  • Do not play when you are stressed, irritated, depressed or tired, or if you are under the influence of alcohol or medication.


The following questions can help you to determine whether your gambling behaviour is or is becoming problematic:

  • Do you constantly think about gambling?
  • Do you find it difficult to concentrate on other things?
  • Are you neglecting work/family/hobbies/friends in order to have more time for gambling?
  • Do you go into a bad mood or get irritated when you are unable to gamble?
  • Are you no longer fully honest with your partner, relatives or friends about your gambling habits?
  • Do you use money for gambling which is required for daily needs?
  • Do you run up debts to continue gambling?
  • Do you have a guilty conscience after gambling?

If you have answered “Yes” to just one of these questions in an honest self-survey, then your gambling behaviour may already be worth examining.
We recommend a more precise investigation. For this, you can contact the Federal Centre for Health Education (BzgA): 
Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BzgA) 
Ostmerheimer Straße 220
51109 Cologne 
Telephone: 0221-8992-0 (search term "Gambling addiction/Spielsucht")
For further information and the advice offered by the Federal States, visit 

Don’t be shy about taking up the available offers of help!


Persons under 18 years of age are legally prohibited from playing games of chance.