Poker in Aachen:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

Poker for real money in Aachen in Nordrhein-Westfalen with 247.380 (31. Dez. 2018) citizens, is only legally in casinos.

Just in national casinos in Nordrhein-Westfalen are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em allowed, because according to legislation in Deutschland poker is a game of luck. On this website we explain you all the different ways to play poker in Aachen and explain you the legal framework in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

We show you how and where you can play Poker Aachen
We show you how and where you can play Poker Aachen .

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Aachen ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Nordrhein-Westfalen and thus as well in Aachen the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. One can be convicted based on these regulations if one hosts public gambling or takes part in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of chance or not?

The question of whether poker is a game of luck in the sense of the law has been unanswered for many years and there have been countless studies on the matter. The law in Deutschland and therefore also in Aachen says however that poker is to be classified as a game of chance. The difference is that national casinos in Nordrhein-Westfalen have a allowance under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is legal.

That's why non-cash prize tournaments are not prohibited

The only style of poker that is not considered gambling in Aachen is participation fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. The tournament winner will win a non-monetary prize as a prize, which is not allowed to be paid out of the entry fees. This version misses the element of crime stake and according to the legislation in Deutschland there is therefore no gambling. There is no exact amount for a maximum entrance fees for private tournaments in Aachen. But with 15€ you are on the safe harbour. Based on case law, the relevance of the stake is then missing.

Poker in pubs in Aachen

Particulary for pubs the criminal side is very risky. There is the danger of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Aachen if you make yourself liable to prosecution under § 284 StGB.


  • Playing poker for real cash is generally forbidden in Deutschland and therefore also in Aachen, unless you do not play in public or regulary.
  • An exception are the prize tourney in Aachen, because following the jurisdiction there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a state licence.
  • Mostly it is very hard for the authorities in Aachen to evidence prohibited gambling.

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 Aachen

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Aachen © Unsplash

In Aachen you are unfortunately not allowed to enter a poker cash game in general. You must travel to one of the numerous casinos in the region of Aachen. If you don't want to play in a casino but still don't wanna give up poker cash games, you can evaluate Home Games, which are heavily regulated.

Poker tournaments in Aachen

Poker tournaments in Aachen are not a problem under specific conditions. Tourneys are accepted as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. In Aachen and the surrounding region there are frequent poker tournaments. For an full overview of the current tournaments in Aachen, please check out our tournament schedule. One of the most important poker tournaments in Nordrhein-Westfalen is the German Poker Days with nice prizes, like entries to the King's Poker trip. Additionally there is still the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in various cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen to guest.

Past Tournaments

  • € 200 + 20 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Aachen, 13-Oct-2018
  • € 200 + 20 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Aachen, 13-Oct-2018
  • € 200 + 20 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Aachen, 13-Oct-2018
  • € 200 + 20 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Aachen, 13-Oct-2018
  • € 500 + 50 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Aachen, 27-Aug-2018
  • € 500 + 50 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Aachen, 27-Aug-2018
  • € 500 + 50 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Aachen, 27-Aug-2018
  • € 500 + 50 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Aachen, 27-Aug-2018
  • € 500 + 50 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Aachen, 05-Apr-2018
  • € 500 + 50 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Aachen, 05-Apr-2018

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Aachen

Other alternatives are available by the many poker clubs & rooms with tournaments in and around Aachen. The poker landscape in Aachen is organized in several clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a small overview:

  • Entertainment Poker Hürth e.V.
  • Texas Hold'em Club Bochum
  • Allin-Pokerfreunde Niederrhein e.V.
  • Angry Dice e.V.
  • One-Out-Club Willich-Anrath e.V.
  • Poker Live Köln
    Weidengasse 54, 50668 Köln, Germany
  • Deaf Poker Wiesbaden e.V.
    Hessenring 8, 65474 Bischofsheim, Germany
  • Mülheim Poker und Integrationsverein e.V.
    Goethestraße 19, 45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
  • Big ALs Poker e.V.
    Hanns-Lamers-Platz 2A, 47533 Kleve, Germany
  • Shark Poker
    Sodinger Str. 561a, 44628 Herne, Germany
  • Halle37 - Clubhaus vom Pokerclub und Rennbahnclub
    Heinkelstraße 37, 48712 Gescher, Germany
  • Poker-Freunde Ratingen e. V.
    Fichtenhain 11, 40885 Ratingen, Germany
  • V.I.P. Pokerverein e.V. c/o Ismail Bulut
    Bachstraße 54, 41239 Mönchengladbach, Germany
  • Cyber Lounge Poker Club e.V.
    Kölner Str. 248, 40227 Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Down-Under-Poker-Verein e.V.
    Saarbrücker Str. 42, 42289 Wuppertal, Germany
  • Pokerverein Wupper Poker e.V.
    Kapellenweg 73, 42285 Wuppertal, Germany
  • Hold em Cologne e.V.
    Barbarastraße 3, 50735 Köln, Germany
  • Astro Poker Hürth e.V.
    Severinusstraße 42, 50354 Hürth, Germany
  • OTC-Pokerverein Viersen e.V.
    Gladbacher Str. 189, 41747 Viersen, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Aachen

Aachen itself regrettably does not offer a proper casino with a poker floor. Nordrhein-Westfalen has its casinos mostly in smaller cities and outside the heart of the city. It is certainly not a problem to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have on top an own transfer service. If you decide to go by your own car, all casinos provide spacious parking facilities for poker enthusiasts. This year, however, just every casino in Deutschland is organizing poker tournaments. There is a variety of tourneys and events in which you can join. On our site you'll find a summary, structured by federal states, of every places running poker with their precise offering and all important infos. After only a short drive you can join legal poker games for real cash in one of the casinos around Aachen.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Aachen

  • Casino Aachen ( Website )
    Monheimsallee 44, 52062 Aachen

Best Poker Players from Aachen

The following list shows you the Top 10 poker players with the highest tournament winnings from Aachen.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Aachen in private locations

In Aachen the laws of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen is in effect. In order to play legal poker home games in Aachen you must be aware of the following:

Is it a public poker round?

The poker game has to be held in public to establish criminal liability. A poker game is public after the jurisdiction in Nordrhein-Westfalen, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". A good example of this is cash games in pubs in Aachen that anyone could join. Attention, this is forbidden!


According to legislation in Nordrhein-Westfalen can: "However, a closed society in which a game of chance is customarily held is also considered public according to § 285 II StGB". If the poker game takes place regulardy, it is illegal in private rooms in Aachen 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 not. Both are illegal.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The fastest and not prohibited way to play poker in Aachen is online poker. We present a top list of well known poker platforms where you can legally play for real money in Deutschland. After decades of online poker history, several providers have emerged as the most trustful and consistent. We strongly recommend opening an account with these platforms and poker there. The poker games on offer are excellent, the choice is extensive, the players are numerous and the fees are not too high. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.