Poker in Bilbao:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker tournaments in Bilbao in Baskenland Baskenland with 345.821 residents, you will need to enter a official casino or a poker room.

Only in the national casinos in Baskenland Baskenland are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em permitted, because according to legislation in España poker is a game of luck. On this website we explain you all the available possibilities to play poker in Bilbao and clarify the legal framework in Baskenland Baskenland.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Bilbao ?

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

Poker Cash Games can meet in Baskenland Baskenland and therefore also in Bilbao the criminal offence of illegal gambling. Poker players can be condemned according to these regulations if one organizes public gambling or takes part in it.

Is poker a game of chance or not?

The question of whether poker is a game of chance is still to be cleared. The legislation in España and therefore also in Bilbao says however that poker is to be graded as a game of chance. The difference is that national casinos in Baskenland Baskenland have a allowance. Playing poker there is allowed.

Poker in pubs in Bilbao

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

Conclusion

  • Poker cash games are basically forbidden in España and therefore also in Bilbao.
  • The casinos in España have a authorisation.
  • Often it is very difficult for the authorities in Bilbao to prove 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 Bilbao

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Bilbao © Unsplash

Caution: Cash games are forbidden in Bilbao. If plan to participate in poker games for cash in Bilbao, you will need to travel to casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the near area. If you don't want to go to a casino but still don't wanna miss poker cash games, you can evaluate Home Games, which are highly regulated.

Poker tournaments in Bilbao

Poker tourneys in Bilbao are allowed under specific conditions. Tourneys are permitted as long as there are prizes and not real cash to be won. In Bilbao and the surrounding region there are regular poker tournaments. Upcoming tournaments can be found in the tournament calendar.

Past Tournaments

  • € 550 No Limit Hold'em - CNP Main Event ( Website )
    Gran Casino Bilbao, 08-Sep-2016
  • € 600 + 60 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event ( Website )
    Gran Casino Bilbao, 02-Aug-2012

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Bilbao

Additional options are offered by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with poker events in and around Bilbao. The poker scene in Bilbao is organized in many clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a small overview:

Live poker in casinos near by Bilbao

In the city center of Bilbao you will hardly see a casino with poker tables. Baskenland Baskenland has its casinos mostly in minor places and outside the city center. It is however not a problem to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have even an own shuttle service. In case you decide to use your own car, all casinos offer spacious parking facilities for poker players. This year, however, almost each casino in España is organizing poker games. There are as well tournament series and Poker Events that you can enter. On our site you'll find a list, structured by federal states, of the best places offering poker with their particular offering and all required information. After only a short drive you can participate in legal poker games for money in one of the casinos around Bilbao.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Bilbao

  • Gran Casino Bilbao ( Website )
    Alameda Urquijo, 13 / Calle Lutxana s/n 48008 Bilbao, Spain

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Bilbao in private locations

In Bilbao the judisdiction of the federal state Baskenland Baskenland is in effect. In order not be prohibited to play poker home games in Bilbao 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 event is public after the jurisdiction in Baskenland Baskenland, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". An example of this is cash games in pubs in Bilbao that anyone could access. This is illegal.

How often does the homegame take place in Bilbao?

Even a closed society can be considered public in Baskenland Baskenland based on § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the poker game takes place habitually, it is not allowed in private rooms in Bilbao as well as in public. For example, 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 not allowed.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The best and not prohibited option to play poker in Bilbao is online poker. We list a top list of trustful providers where you can legally play for real cash in España. After over 20 years of online poker history, several providers proofed themselfes 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 excellent, 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.

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