Poker in Bergen:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Bergen in Vestlandet with 235.046 citizens for money, you have to go to a official casino or a poker room.

Only in the official casinos in Vestlandet are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em allowed, because according to law in Norway poker is a game of luck. On this page we show you all the different ways to play poker in Bergen and inform you about the legal framework in Vestlandet.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Bergen ?

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

Poker Cash Games can fulfill in Vestlandet and therefore as well in Bergen the element of the offence of illegal gambling. One can be convicted according to these regulations if one hosts public gambling or plays in it.

Is poker in Vestlandet defined as a game of luck?

There is still no standardized decision whether poker is a game of luck or not. However the jurisdiction in Norway and therefore also in Bergen rates poker as a game of luck. The difference is that state casinos in Vestlandet have a authorisation. Playing poker there is allowed.

Poker in bars in Bergen

Attention pubs & hosts! There is possibility of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Bergen if you make yourself liable to prosecution.

Result

  • Poker cash games are generally prohibited in Norway and therefore also in Bergen.
  • The casinos in Norway have a permission.
  • Often it is very difficult for the authorities in Bergen 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 Bergen

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Bergen © Unsplash

Note: Poker for real money is not allowed in public! If plan to poker for cash in Bergen, you will have to use casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the local area. Please read the information on Home Games if you need more alternatives.

Poker tournaments in Bergen

You can find a lot poker tournaments in Bergen. Tourneys are legal as long as there are prizes and not real cash to be won. In Bergen and the surrounding area there are frequent poker tournaments. Current tournaments can be seen in the tournament calendar.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Bergen

Other options are available by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with in and around Bergen. We present you a good overview of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Bergen:

Live poker in casinos near by Bergen

You are not able to play live poker in Bergen in any casino in the heart. Vestlandet located its casinos generally in little towns and outside the city center. It is however no problem to access them by car or public transport. Most have on top their own shuttle facilities. If you want to use your own car, all casinos offer extensive parking lots for poker enthusiasts. This year, every casino in Norway routinely organizes real money poker games. There are a lot of poker tournaments and poker events where you can enter. On our site you'll find a summary, organized by federal states, of every places offering poker with their precise schedule and all important information. Around Bergen you will see a good selection of casinos with poker tables with a decent driving time.

Best Poker Players from Bergen

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Bergen in private locations

In Bergen the legislation of the federal state Vestlandet applies. If you want to organize legal poker home games in Bergen, you must be aware of these points.

Is the game in Bergen 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 game is public after the jurisdiction in Vestlandet, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". An example of this is the poker for high stakes of money in Bergen's pubs, which theoretically anyone can access. This is illegal.

Does the homegame take place in Bergen as usual?

According to jurisdiction in Vestlandet 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 regulardy, it is prohibited in private rooms in Bergen as well as in public. So, if money games are organized 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

If you are searching for the best option to play poker in Bergen, we recommend online poker. We present a top list of popular poker sites where you can officially play for real money in Norway. After decades of online poker history, several providers have emerged as the most trustful and consistent. We strongly recommend creating an account with these poker sites and poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the options are extensive, the players are numerous and the fees are reasonable. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.

 updated: 02.12.2020
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