Poker in Kopenhagen:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Kopenhagen in Hovedstaden with 613.288 citizens for money, you have to visit to a official casino or a poker room.

In Kopenhagen and throughout Hovedstaden, poker is defined as a game of luck. Because of this, it is only permitted in casinos to poker for real cash. On this website we explain you all the various options to play poker in Kopenhagen and show you the legal framework in Hovedstaden.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Kopenhagen ?

Legal notice
Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Kopenhagen ? © Unsplash

Poker Cash Games can fulfill in Hovedstaden and thus also in Kopenhagen the element of the offence of illegal gambling. One can be punished according to these laws if one organizes public gambling or takes part in it.

Is poker a game of luck?

There is still no uniform decision whether poker is a game of chance or not. It is enough to know that the jurisdiction in Denmark and therefore also in Kopenhagen rates poker as a game of luck. The difference is that national casinos in Hovedstaden have a authorisation. Playing poker there is legal.

Poker in restaurants in Kopenhagen

Risk for the pubs & hosts: There is high risk of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Kopenhagen if you make yourself liable to prosecution.

Conclusion

  • Poker cash games are in principle prohibited in Denmark and therefore also in Kopenhagen.
  • The casinos in Denmark have a state licence.
  • Mostly it is very hard for the authorities in Kopenhagen to verify prohibited gambling.
  • Tournaments are considered a game of skill, cash games a game of luck

Please note that the information provided does not constitute legal advice under the law and cannot replace legal advice, as such advice always requires knowledge of all individual circumstances, in particular of the specific individual case.

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Kopenhagen

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Kopenhagen © Unsplash

Entering poker cash games for real money is not allowed in public. If prefer to poker for cash in Kopenhagen, you will need to use casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the near area. Please read carefully the information on Home Games if you are looking for more options.

Poker tournaments in Kopenhagen

Poker tournaments in Kopenhagen are not a problem under certain circumstances. These are permitted as long as there are prizes and not real cash to be won. In Kopenhagen and the surrounding area there are regular poker tournaments. Current tournaments can be discovered in the tournament calendar.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Kopenhagen

Further options are offered by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with in and around Kopenhagen. The poker landscape in Kopenhagen is organized in several clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a helpful list:

Live poker in casinos near by Kopenhagen

You can hardly play live poker in Kopenhagen in any casino in the center. Hovedstaden has its casinos primarily in little places and outside the heart of the city. It is however easy to visit them by car or public transport. Most have additional an own transfer busses. If you want to drive your own car, all casinos offer large parking facilities for poker players. This year, however, almost every casino in Denmark is hosting poker tournaments. There are some tournaments and poker events in which you can participate. Here with us you'll get a summary, arranged by federal states, of all places offering poker with their particular offering and all important information. After only a quick drive you can participate in legal poker games for money in one of the casinos around Kopenhagen.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Kopenhagen in private locations

In Kopenhagen the laws of the federal state Hovedstaden applies. In order to play legal poker home games in Kopenhagen you must follow of the following:

Is it a public poker round?

If the poker game is not public, it can be allowed in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker game is public after the jurisdiction in Hovedstaden, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". The best example of this is cash games in pubs in Kopenhagen that anyone could join. Attention, this is forbidden!

Does the homegame take place in Kopenhagen as usual?

Even a closed society can be considered public in Hovedstaden based on § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the poker round takes place regulardy, it is not allowed in private rooms in Kopenhagen as well as in public. So, if cash games are played for every week on the similar day, it does not matter if it is a private room or public. Both are not allowed.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The best and not prohibited option to play poker in Kopenhagen is online poker. We list a variety of popular poker platforms where you can legally play for real money in Denmark. After some twenty years of online poker history, a couple of providers proofed themselfes as the most trustful and stable. We strongly recommend creating an account with these online poker networks and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the choice is extensive, the player pool is numerous and the rake is reasonable. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.

 updated: 01.12.2020
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