Poker in Bonn:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

Playing for real money in Bonn in Nordrhein-Westfalen with 327.258 (31. Dez. 2018) residents, is just permitted in casinos.

In Bonn and all over Nordrhein-Westfalen, poker is classified as a game of luck. Therefore, it is only accepted in casinos to play poker for real money. On this site we show you all the available ways to play poker in Bonn and show you the legal framework in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Bonn ?

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

Poker can meet in Nordrhein-Westfalen and thus also in Bonn the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment according to these regulations is possible if one helds a public game of luck or participates in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of luck or not?

The question of whether poker is a game of luck is still not answered. The jurisdiction in Deutschland and therefore also in Bonn says however that poker is to be rated as a game of chance. The difference is that state casinos in Nordrhein-Westfalen have a authorisation under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is not prohibited.

Not inconsiderable use, exception: material prize tournaments

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only version of poker not prohibited in Bonn and are not considered gambling. The tournament winner will win a non-cash prize as a prize, which is not allowed to be cashed out of the entry fees. This version lacks the constituent element of the offence stake and according to the law in Nordrhein-Westfalen there is therefore no gambling. There is no accurate amount for a maximum entry fee for private tournaments in Bonn. But with 15€ you are on the secure page. Based on case law, the relevance of the stake is then missing.

Poker in restaurants in Bonn

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

Conclusion

  • Playing poker for real cash is generally not legal in Deutschland and therefore also in Bonn, unless you do not play in public or regulary.
  • An exception are the prize tournaments in Bonn, because according to the legislation it's not defined as gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a permission.
  • Mostly it is very tricky for the authorities in Bonn to evidence 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 Bonn

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Bonn © Unsplash

Poker for real money is not permitted in public. You must visit one of the numerous casinos in the region of Bonn. Please read the paragraph on Home Games if you are looking for more alternatives.

Poker tournaments in Bonn

Poker tournaments in Bonn are no problem under certain conditions. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real cash is paid out, but the award is a non-cash prize. In Bonn and the surrounding region there are frequent poker tournaments. For an full list of the current tournaments in Bonn, please check out our tournament schedule. One of the best poker tournaments in Nordrhein-Westfalen is the German Poker Days with nice prizes, like tickets to the King's Poker trip. On top there is also the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in different cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Bonn

More options are available by the many poker clubs & rooms with events in and around Bonn. We present you a helpful selection of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Bonn:

  • 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 Bonn

There is no option to play live poker in Bonn in any casino in the heart. Nordrhein-Westfalen has its casinos mostly in smaller places and outside the heart of the city. It is though not a problem to access them by car or public transport. The majority have additional an own transfer facilities. If you want to use your own car, all casinos provide spacious parking space for poker players. Nowadays, however, nearly each casino in Deutschland is offering poker tournaments. There are a lot of poker tournaments and events where you can play. On our site you'll find a list, sorted by federal states, of all places offering poker with their individual schedule and all important information. Within a radius of Bonn you will see minimum two casinos with decent driving times and good live poker offers.

Best Poker Players from Bonn

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Bonn in private locations

In Bonn the legislation of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen applies. If you want to host allowed poker home games in Bonn, you must be aware of these facts.

The poker game must be organized in public to establish 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". A good example of this is the poker for big amounts of money in Bonn's pubs, which usually anyone can join. It's forbidden.

Habituality

According to legislation 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 round takes place habitually, it is illegal in private rooms in Bonn as well as in public. For example, if cash games are hosted for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or public. Both are illegal.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

If you are looking for the best option to play poker in Bonn, we recommend online poker. We present a selection of established providers where you can legally play for real cash in Deutschland. After many years of online poker history, several providers have emerged as the most reliable and consistent. We strongly recommend creating an account with these poker platforms and playing poker there. The poker games on offer are excellent, the choice is extensive, the players are numerous and the fees are not too high. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.

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