Poker in Augsburg:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker cash games in Augsburg in Bayern with 295.135 (31. Dez. 2018) citizens, you will need to visit a national casino.

In Augsburg and all over Bayern, poker is considered a game of luck. Because of this, it is just allowed in casinos to gamble for real cash. On this platform we show you all the different ways to play poker in Augsburg and explain you the legal framework in Bayern.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Augsburg ?

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

Poker can meet in Bayern and thus as well in Augsburg the element of the offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment based on these regulations is not rare if one organizes a public game of chance or participates in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of chance or not?

There is still no consisten decision whether poker is a game of chance or not. It is enough to know that the jurisdiction in Deutschland and therefore also in Augsburg grades poker as a game of luck. The difference is that national casinos in Bayern have a authorisation under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is ok.

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

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only version of poker not prohibited in Augsburg and are not considered gambling. However, the winnings may not be cashed out of the tournament fees. This variant lacks the fact of case stake and after the jurisdiction in Bayern it is therefore no gambling. There is no exact amount for a maximum participation fee for private tournaments in Augsburg. But with 15€ you are on the safe harbour. According to case law, the relevance of the stake is then missing.

Poker in pubs in Augsburg

Notably for restaurants the criminal side is very harmful. There is high risk of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Augsburg if you make yourself liable to prosecution under § 284 StGB.

Summary

  • Playing poker for real money is in principle not allowed in Deutschland and therefore also in Augsburg, unless you do not play in public places or by habit.
  • A derogation are the prize tournaments in Augsburg, because according to the legislation it's not defined as gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a permission.
  • Often it is very hard for the authorities in Augsburg to verify 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 Augsburg

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Augsburg © Unsplash

Poker cash games are in general illegal in Augsburg. If would like to to join poker games for cash in Augsburg, you will need to travel to casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the local area. Please read the paragraph on Home Games if you want more possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in Augsburg

Poker tournaments in Augsburg are no problem under certain circumstances. These are permitted as long as there are prizes and not real cash to be won. In Augsburg and the surrounding area there are regular poker tournaments. For an fast list of the upcoming tournaments in Augsburg, please look at our tournament calendar. One of the best poker tournaments in Bayern is the German Poker Days with nice prizes, like packages to the King's Poker trip. On top there is also the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in different cities in Bayern to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Augsburg

Additional options are available by the various poker clubs & rooms with poker events in and around Augsburg. Here you can see a good selection of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Augsburg:

  • Allgäuer Poker Club
  • Card Club Nürnberg
  • River Card Club e.V
  • Pokerclub Lauf e.V
  • Big Blind Bamberg
  • Freerollers Fürth
  • Isar-Poker München e.V.
  • Lifestyle Poker Club Augsburg e.V.
  • Pokerclub Straubing-Tilters
    Innere Passauer Str. 41 a, 94315 Straubing, Germany
  • Allgäuer Pokerclub e.V.
    Nachtangerstraße 12, 86807 Buchloe, Germany
  • Poker-Schlacht
    Rosenheimer Str. 98, 81669 München, Germany
  • Royal Flush Regensburg
    Kirchfeldallee 4, 93055 Regensburg, Germany
  • German Federation of Poker e. V.
    Marsweg 2, 93055 Regensburg, Germany
  • Deutscher Poker Sportbund
    Marsweg 2, 93055 Regensburg, Germany
  • F-Town Poker
    Amalienstraße 35a, 90763 Fürth, Germany
  • Langwegas 1. Pokerclub Langwasser e.V.
    Wettersteinstraße 53, 90471 Nürnberg, Germany
  • 1. Pokerclub Lauf e.V.
    Hersbrucker Str. 30, 91207 Lauf an der Pegnitz, Germany
  • 1. Pokerverein Augsburg Lechhausen 2010 e. V.
    Untere Jakobermauer 2, 86152 Augsburg, Germany
  • Poker-Verein und Live Poker
    Sieboldstraße 4, 81669 München, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Augsburg

There is no option to play live poker in Augsburg in any casino in the center. Bayern located its casinos mainly in smaller towns and outside the heart of the city. It is though easy to get to them by car or public transport. Most have on top their own shuttle facilities. In case you want to use your own car, all casinos provide extensive parking facilities for poker players. Nowadays you can participate in a large selection of poker tournaments in each casino in Deutschland. There are a lot of games and events where you can participate. At Poker-in.com you'll discover an overview, organized by federal states, of the best places offering poker with their individual games and all required facts. In the area of Augsburg you will reach a nice range of casinos with poker tables with a acceptable travel time.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Augsburg in private locations

In Augsburg the laws of the federal state Bayern applies. In order to play legal poker home games in Augsburg you have to take care of the following:

Is it a public poker game?

If the poker game is not public, it can be legal in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker game is public after the jurisdiction in Bayern, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". The best example of this is the poker for high amounts of money in Augsburg's bars, which usually anyone can access. It's forbidden.

Does the homegame take place in Augsburg as usual?

Based on case law in Bayern 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 round takes place habitually, it is prohibited in private rooms in Augsburg as well as in public. So, if cash games are hosted for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are not allowed.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The easiest and legal option to play poker in Augsburg is online poker. We list a variety of trustful poker sites where you can legally play for real money in Deutschland. After over 20 years of online poker history, a couple of providers have emerged as the most reliable and stable. We strongly recommend opening an account with these platforms and playing poker there. The poker games on offer are great, the options are extensive, the players are numerous and the fees are not too high. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.

 updated: 03.12.2020
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