Poker in Bielefeld:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Bielefeld in Nordrhein-Westfalen with 333.786 (31. Dez. 2018) citizens for money, you have to enter to a state casino.

Only in the official casinos in Nordrhein-Westfalen are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em permitted, because according to law in Deutschland poker is a game of luck. On this online site we explain you all the various ways to play poker in Bielefeld and clarify the legal framework in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Bielefeld ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Nordrhein-Westfalen and therefore as well in Bielefeld the element of the offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Poker players can be sentenced based on these regulations if one organizes public gambling or participates in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker in Nordrhein-Westfalen defined as a game of chance?

The question of whether poker is a game of luck is still to be cleared. It is enough to know that the law in Deutschland and therefore also in Bielefeld grades poker as a game of chance. The difference is that state casinos in Nordrhein-Westfalen have a allowance under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is legal.

The exception of the non-cash prize tournaments

The single version of poker that is not defined as gambling in Bielefeld is registration fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. However, the winnings may not be cashed out of the tournament fees. This version lacks the constituent element of the offence stake and based on the jurisdiction in Deutschland there is therefore no gambling. There is no accurate amount for a maximum participation fee for private tournaments in Bielefeld. But with 15€ you are on the safer side. In this situation the relevance of the stake is missing.

Poker in bars in Bielefeld

Risk for the pubs & hosts: There is high risk of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Bielefeld if you make yourself liable to prosecution under § 284 StGB.

Conclusion

  • Playing poker for real money is in principle forbidden in Deutschland and therefore also in Bielefeld, unless you do not play in public or by habit.
  • An exception are the prize tournaments in Bielefeld, because according to the legislation there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a permission.
  • Often it is very difficult for the authorities in Bielefeld 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 Bielefeld

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Bielefeld © Unsplash

Poker cash games are in general not allowed in Bielefeld. You must use one of the numerous casinos in the region of Bielefeld. Please read the section on Home Games if you need additional alternatives.

Poker tournaments in Bielefeld

There are many poker tourneys in Bielefeld. Tournaments are allowed as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. In Bielefeld and the surrounding region there are regular poker tournaments. For an full overview of the current tournaments in Bielefeld, please check out our tournament calendar. For example, at the German Poker Days you can win a entry to the King's Poker trip with the King's Special in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Additionally there is still the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in various cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Bielefeld

Additional alternatives are offered by the many poker clubs & rooms with in and around Bielefeld. The poker scene in Bielefeld is organized in many clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a good selection:

  • 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 Bielefeld

In the center of Bielefeld you will unfortunately not see a casino with poker floor. Nordrhein-Westfalen located its casinos primarily in smaller places and outside the heart of the city. It is certainly not a matter to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have additional their own transfer service. If you want to drive your own car, all casinos provide extensive parking facilities for poker players. Today, every casino in Deutschland often organizes real money poker tournaments. There is a variety of tourneys and poker events where you can play. Here with us you'll find a list, arranged by federal states, of every places running poker with their individual games and all required infos. After only a quick drive you can participate in legal poker games for money in one of the casinos around Bielefeld.

Best Poker Players from Bielefeld

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Bielefeld in private locations

In Bielefeld the laws of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen applies. In order be allowed to play poker home games in Bielefeld you have to take care of the following:

If the poker game is not public, it can be allowed in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker event is public after the jurisdiction in Nordrhein-Westfalen, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". The best example of this is the poker for big amounts of money in Bielefeld's bars, which theoretically anyone can enter. Attention, this is forbidden!

Habituality

Based on jurisdiction 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 round takes place regulardy, it is illegal in private rooms in Bielefeld as well as in public. So, if money 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 legal option to play poker in Bielefeld is online poker. There are many popular poker sites where you can poker for real cash. After some twenty years of online poker history, a couple of providers have emerged as the most trustful and consistent. We strongly recommend opening an account with these online poker networks and poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the options are large, the players are numerous and the rake is just fine. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.