Poker in Bamberg:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

Poker for real money in Bamberg in Bayern with 77.592 (31. Dez. 2018) inhabitants, is only allowed in casinos.

In Bamberg and across Bayern, poker is classified as a game of luck. For this reason, it is solely accepted in casinos to play poker for real money. On this platform we present you all the different options to play poker in Bamberg and clarify the legal framework in Bayern.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Bamberg ?

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

Poker can meet in Bayern and thus as well in Bamberg the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. One can be punished based on these regulations if one hosts public gambling or participates in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of chance or not?

The problem of whether poker is a game of luck in the sense of the law has been a complicated one for many years and there have been countless studies on the matter. However the law in Deutschland and therefore also in Bamberg defines poker as a game of luck. The difference is that state casinos in Bayern have a allowance under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is allowed.

Not inconsiderable use, exception: material prize tournaments

The only form of poker that is not considered gambling in Bamberg is entry fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. The last man standing will receive a non-monetary prize as a prize, which may not be paid out of the tournament fees. This alternative lacks the constituent element of the offence stake and according to the legislation in Deutschland there is therefore no gambling. There is no fixed amount for a maximum registration fees for private tournaments in Bamberg. But with 15€ you are on the safe harbour. In this case the relevance of the stake is lacking.

Poker in pubs in Bamberg

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


  • Playing poker for real money is basically prohibited in Deutschland and therefore also in Bamberg, unless you do not play in public places or regulary.
  • An exception are the prize tournaments in Bamberg, because following the legislation there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a state licence.
  • Often it is very tricky for the authorities in Bamberg to prove 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 Bamberg

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Bamberg © Unsplash

Real-money games are publicly forbidden in Bamberg. If prefer to join poker games for real money in Bamberg, you will need to travel to casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the surrounding area. Please read the information on Home Games if you want additional possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in Bamberg

Poker tournaments in Bamberg are allowed under certain conditions. Tourneys are allowed as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. In Bamberg and the surrounding area there are frequent poker tournaments. Upcoming tournaments can be discovered in the tournament calendar. For example, at the German Poker Days you can poker for a ticket to the King's Poker trip with the King's Special in Bayern. On top there is also the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in various cities in Bayern to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Bamberg

Other alternatives are available by the various poker clubs & rooms with poker events in and around Bamberg. In Bamberg there is a varied poker room landscape with various tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a helpful list:

  • 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 Bamberg

You cannot currently play live poker in Bamberg in any casino in the center. Bayern has its casinos mainly in little places and outside the city center. It is though not a matter to visit them by car or public transport. Most have additional an own shuttle facilities. If you want to drive your own car, all casinos offer large park possibilities for poker players. Nowadays you can participate in a large collection of poker games in any casino in Deutschland. There are a lot of games and poker events that you can join. At you'll see a summary, arranged by federal states, of all places offering poker with their individual games and all other information. After only a short drive you can participate in legal poker games for real cash in one of the casinos around Bamberg.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Bamberg in private locations

In Bamberg the judisdiction of the federal state Bayern is in effect. In order be allowed to play poker home games in Bamberg you have to take care of the following:

Is the game in Bamberg public?

If the poker round is not public, it can be legal in general and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker round 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 cash games in pubs in Bamberg that anyone could access. This is illegal.


According to 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 poker game takes place habitually, it is not allowed in private rooms in Bamberg as well as in public. So, if money games are played for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are prohibited.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The fastest and not prohibited way to play poker in Bamberg is online poker. There are a alot of trustful online sites where you can play poker for real cash. After over 20 years of online poker history, several providers have emerged as the most reliable and consistent. We strongly recommend opening an account with these platforms and poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the options are large, the player pool is numerous and the fees are not too high. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.