Poker in Budapest:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

Playing for real money in Budapest in Budapest with 1.752.704 residents, is only permitted in casinos or poker rooms.

Just in authorized casinos in Budapest are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em allowed, because according to law in Hungary poker is a game of luck. On this online site we inform you about all the different ways to play poker in Budapest and clarify the legal framework in Budapest.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Budapest ?

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

Poker Cash Games can meet in Budapest and thus as well in Budapest the element of the offence of illegal gambling. One can be punished based on these laws if one helds public gambling or takes part in it.

Is poker a game of chance?

The decision of whether poker is a game of luck in the sense of the legislation has been unanswered for many years and there have been countless treatises on the matter. It is enough to know that the law in Hungary and therefore also in Budapest rates poker as a game of chance. The difference is that national casinos in Budapest have a authorisation. Playing poker there is legal.

Poker in restaurants in Budapest

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

Conclusion

  • Poker cash games are in principle not allowed in Hungary and therefore also in Budapest.
  • The casinos in Hungary have a authorisation.
  • Often it is very difficult for the authorities in Budapest 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 Budapest

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Budapest © Unsplash

Poker cash games are in general forbidden in Budapest. If like to participate in poker games for cash in Budapest, you will have to use casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the surrounding area. Please check out the paragraph on Home Games if you want further options.

Poker tournaments in Budapest

You can find a big number of poker tourneys in Budapest. These are legal as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. In Budapest and the surrounding area there are regular poker tournaments. For an quick list of the upcoming tournaments in Budapest, please search for our tournament schedule.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Budapest

More options are available by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with in and around Budapest. The poker scene in Budapest is organized in several clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a good overview:

Live poker in casinos near by Budapest

You cannot currently play live poker in Budapest in any casino in the center. Budapest has its casinos usually in smaller cities and outside the heart of the city. It is though not a matter to access them by car or public transport. The majority have even their own transfer service. If you want to drive your own car, all casinos provide generous parking facilities for poker enthusiasts. Meanwhile, however, just every casino in Hungary is organizing poker games. There are as well tournament series and Poker Events that you can join. On this site you'll see a summary, structured by federal states, of all places running poker with their particular games and all required infos. After only a quick drive you can participate in legal poker games for real cash in one of the casinos around Budapest.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Budapest

  • Duna Poker Budapest ( Website )
    Budapest, Váci út 178, 1138 Hungary

Best Poker Players from Budapest

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Homegames: Pokern for real money in Budapest in private locations

In Budapest the legislation of the federal state Budapest is in effect. If you want to organize legal poker home games in Budapest, you must be aware of these facts.

Is the poker round in Budapest public?

The poker game must be organized in public to establish criminal liability. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in Budapest, 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 Budapest that anyone could enter. It's forbidden.

How regularly does the homegame take place in Budapest?

Even a closed society can be considered public in Budapest according to § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the poker round takes place habitually, it is not allowed in private rooms in Budapest as well as in public. For example, if cash games are hosted for every week on the similar day, it does not matter if it is a private room or public. Both are prohibited.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The easiest and not prohibited way to play poker in Budapest is online poker. There are a alot of popular providers where you can play poker for real money. After over 20 years of online poker history, a couple of providers proofed themselfes as the most reliable and stable. We strongly recommend opening an account with these platforms and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the choice is extensive, the players are numerous and the rake is just fine. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.

 updated: 29.11.2020
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